It was inspirational to hear Taryn Lane from Hepburn Wind reveal how the first community initiated and owned wind farm in Australia was established within a small community.
We joined members of Geelong Sustainability in May 2016 to visit ' Gail' and 'Gusto' the two wind turbines at Leonard's Hill south of Daylesford, to see first hand how a passionate community with strong leadership can achieve a multi million dollar wind farm project that rewards them with renewable energy now and into the future.
We were heartened by their journey of consultation, community engagement and ability to fund such a major project producing 4.1MW from a natural resource. The local community has provided strong support due to the dedication of the management team and its ability to demonstrate the economic, environmental and social benefits resulting from the project. As we climbed the small hill to the turbines it was immediately obvious why the site was chosen given the wind velocity.
Buoyed by the success of this community owned renewable energy model, Geelong Sustainability is eager to continue its research and further study to establish a community owned renewable energy (CORE) project, moving towards a transition to a 100% renewable energy future for Geelong.
Taryn Lane from Hepburn Wind explains about the wind farm