New England Wind
Welcome to New England Wind (NEW), a project which aims to establish the first community-owned wind farm in NSW. A community-owned wind farm based on the New England Tablelands will have significant benefits for residents, businesses and organisations in this region.
NEW will establish a community-owned wind farm of 6-10 turbines (depending on financial considerations and grid capacity), able to produce around half of the residential electricity usage of the New England Region. NEW has arisen from a vision for long-term energy self-sufficiency for New England.
Achieving these goals – both establishing NEW and ultimately achieving energy self-sufficiency – will require a large groundswell of support.
Please consider supporting this initiative. We would greatly welcome your involvement!
Follow the links for further information about the New England Wind project, including details of project background and the initial feasibility study, and how to become involved in this project. Further reading on community renewable energy and wind energy can also be found here.
With a recent funding boost from Office of Environment and Heritage, several parts of this project have been able to progress.
Work has commenced on the new priority site for the community wind farm. Discussions with stakeholders are in progress.
Grid connection study - an initial assessment of grid connection costs and related issues is being carried out to test the viability of the new priority site for the community wind farm.
Windfarms Tour - a 4-day coach tour to visit windfarms in the Canberra region was organised for 7th-10th November 2013. The Tour had an educational focus about the benefits of wind power and issues such as visual impacts, implications for farming operations and noise. See details of this informative and interesting trip here.
Wind Information Centre - NEW has created an educational display marquee with windfarm diorama, wind turbine models, photomontages and other information about community wind farms and wind energy. This Wind Info Centre will be travelling around the New England region during the latter part of 2013, appearing at local markets and in other venues. Volunteers to help man this display will be very welcome. Please Contact Us if you would like to assist.
Yes2Wind coreflute signs are available now to the public. These signs are similar to the No to Coal Seam Gas signs, but are black and white triangles.They can be purchased for $5 by expressing interest at Contact Us. Details of payment and collection will then be supplied.
The New England Wind Cooperative (NEW Coop) is now being formed to lead and coordinate the work required to establish a community wind farm in New England. New England residents and businesses will be able to invest in the community wind farm through the cooperative and receive returns from the wind energy produced.
Benefits from the wind farm established by this cooperative will return to the New England community through direct investment as well as via a pre-determined Community Benefits Plan.