“Community energy projects can be a truly sustainable form of development. They deliver the obvious renewable energy as well as build the new economy and profound community engagement and education.
The direct participation of people and organisations that is core to community energy projects can totally transform their understanding of the importance and benefits of renewable energy.
Starfish is working to establish NSW's first community-owned wind farm, New England Wind. The wind farm aims to produce the equivalent of half the residential power used in the New England High Country.
The most significant barrier to more successful community energy projects is greater access to funding for the initial project development costs. This covers the critical stages of work before the community is able to invest their own funds”.
Adam Blakester, Director, Starfish Enterpises, New England Wind – Armidale, NSW.