Hepburn Wind Farm tour

Have you been up close and personal with a wind turbine?… Ever wanted to?… Well here’s your chance… 

Hepburn Wind Fish Eye

With the generous support of Australia’s pioneering community-owned Hepburn Wind farm, Yes 2 Renewables is pleased to announce a wind farm tour on Saturday December 14.

y2r-logoJoin the Yes 2 Renewables team, supporters and volunteers for a fun day at the wind farm. See for yourself what wind turbines are like, gain an understanding of community-owned renewable energy, and have some of your questions answered by the tour guides. RSVP essential.

When:
December 14, 2013 at 12pm – 1:30pm

Where:
Hepburn Wind Farm
Ballan-Daylesford Rd
Leonard’s Hill, VIC 3461
Google map and directions

Cost:

  • $5 for  BEAM members.
  • $10 for non-members.
  • The tour is FREE for Friends of the Earth members and Yes 2 Renewables donors. Don’t worry if you’re not a donor yet, you can donate here between now and the day.

Transport:

  • BEAM are investigating the possibility of a Bus to leave from Seymour. If you are interested in catching a bus from Seymour, and we have the numbers an extra cost will be involved. Email us ASAP so we can determine if this is a viable option: beam.inc@hotmail.com
  • The Hepburn Wind farm is located in Leonard’s Hill, just over one hour drive west from Melbourne and ten minutes south from Daylesford. Car parking is available on site.
  • Yes 2 Renewables may arrange a mini-bus leaving from Melbourne (contingent on numbers). The mini-bus will be confirmed by December 10. It will require an additional cost. Please email leigh.ewbank@foe.org.au to express interest in a seat.

What to bring:

  • Bring some lunch, snacks, and some drinks to enjoy on the day.
  • Sunscreen. There isn’t any share up on Leonard’s Hill.
  • A raincoat and jumper. It’s markedly colder at the wind farm. Be prepared for rain.

If you are interested in attending you will need to RSVP. Numbers are limited, so book early.

 

Review of Hepburn Wind Farm Tour from February 2012

Hepburn Wind Tour

24 people from around Seymour attended to see first hand the scale of the towers, get a sense of their impact and hear the noise they generate. BEAM memeber Richard Telford joined the tour with his family…

Stopping for a quick lunch in Daylesford we could see the turbines in the distance, some 10km south – quite small on the horizon. Stopping about 3km away from the towers we met (by chance) a local artist who lived there, who told us that he’d never been able to hear them – and we certainly couldn’t.

My immediate impression as we arrived was how huge and elegant they were, like gentle giants. Standing right beneath them, with a reasonable breeze blowing, it was quite easy to hear our hosts from Hepburn Wind, Martin (Treasurer) and Tracy (CEO) talk about the project.

See Richard’s blog for more

Hepburn Wind was initiated by local people to generate enough electricity to power Daylesford and surrounds. The Co-op now has over 1900 members and contributes a proportion of it’s revenue, along with contributions from it’s partner Red Energy to a community fund which will give $1m to local sustainability projects over 25 years. See hepburnwind.com.au for more.

Infigen is considering the possibility of setting up a ‘Wind Co-op’ as part of the project to involve the local community in the development, as they are in the process of doing with Flyers Creek Wind Farm near Orange NSW. The idea is that the Co-op would effectively buy a wind turbine and receive all profits from it. See www.windcoop.com.au for more.

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