Pacific Hydro will hold information sessions about the proposed Crowlands wind farm in Crowlands and Ararat later this month.
The Crowlands meeting will be on October 18 at the Crowlands Hall while the Ararat meeting will take place at the Ararat Town Hall on October 19, both from 12noon to 8pm.
Emily Wood, community relations manager at Pacific Hydro, encouraged interested parties to come along and find out more about the proposed project.
“The information sessions will provide an informal environment for the community to find out more about the wind farm we are proposing for Crowlands,” Ms Wood said.
“We are hoping they will take the opportunity ask questions, raise any concerns they may have and provide their perspective on the project.
“We are interested in what the community has to say about the wind farm and would like their input into the planning process.”
Information on display will include an initial layout of the wind farm, details about wind energy and about the company.
Pacific Hydro will be available to share information about environmental studies it has been conducting, answer questions about the project and how wind energy works.
Pacific Hydro hopes to take advantage of the Victorian Government’s Renewable Energy Legislation (VRET) which requires energy retailers to purchase 10 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2016 in an effort to reduce the impact of greenhouse gas emissions.
“Our energy consumption in Victoria is one of the highest per capita in the world and the VRET legislation will ensure that some of our increasing energy needs will be provided by no-emission sources like wind energy,” Ms Wood said.
“In terms of reducing our impact on climate change, this legislation provides a very positive step forward.”
Around the world, wind energy is the fastest growing form of electricity due to its low impact on the environment, relatively easy installation and cheap electricity costs.
“The nearby Challicum Hills wind farm has been a great success for the local community and provides enough no-emission electricity to supply 25,000 Victorian homes each year,” Ms Wood said.
“We hope the Crowlands wind farm will see a similar outcome, help to reduce our impact on climate change and support the local community.”
Information sessions about the Crowlands wind farm will be held from 12noon to 8pm on October 18 (Crowlands Hall) and 19 (Ararat Town Hall). All are welcome to attend.
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