SMART ENERGY COMMUNITIES

Hepburn Wind

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image courtesy of Hepburn Wind and Karl von Moller 2012.
"Hepburn Wind is the first community owned wind farm in Australia, based on the established and popular investment model for wind farms in Denmark and Germany.

 "Two strategic Victorian Government grants totalling $1.7m significantly de-risked the early stages of project development and helped our community develop the capacity to build our own $13.5m two turbine wind farm. Our wind farm now generates more energy annually than used by the houses in Daylesford and much of the surrounding area."

 "The 2000 members of Hepburn Wind have invested a total of $9.8m, and together they have kickstarted a growing community energy sector in Australia."

 "The main grant was divided into 23 milestones which carefully guided the project through the full development. While the community was able to rise to the challenge (skills and capital) this would have been impossible without the guidance and financial support of Sustainability Victoria. And we are proud to be 'giving back' — in June we will announce the recipients of our Community Fund, who will share a total fund pool of $40,000 for 2013.

 "Now that we have built an enduring local business that empowers our community, we are frequently contacted by many other communities who wish to build their own projects – it is clear that many communities are ready and willing to transition to a low carbon economy. Government support of community renewables will help empower many other communities to take advantage of this transition."

Taryn Lane, Hepburn Wind, Victoria