The Macedon Ranges Community Energy Park will produce enough clean energy to power every household in the shire.
A project of local residents and the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group (MRSG), the Park could host up to 8 wind turbines, 24,000 solar panels and 10MWh of battery storage.
Located on cleared land deep in the pine forest south of Woodend, the site boasts high wind speeds, electricity transmission lines, access roads and no close neighbours.
MRSG has selected an experienced partner, Windlab Ltd, to manage the development process, raise funds and operate the Park.
Windlab is an Australian company that grew out of the CSIRO and specialises in community-oriented renewable energy projects.
MRSG and Windlab will consult deeply with site neighbours and the broader Macedon Ranges community to ensure they can influence project design, are updated on progress and share the project’s benefits over its operating life.
For example, MRSG proposes using income from its share of electricity sales to fund other clean energy projects in the shire.
For more information contact:
Al Reid: 0449 677 922
Bruce Mildenhall: Email or 0419 302 839.
Ralf Theising: 0412 042 169
Barry Bann: 0421 678 231
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the planning process for the project?
The Victorian Government has implemented a comprehensive policy and planning framework specifically covering the development and operation of wind farms. This framework is set out in the Victorian Planning Provisions and provides for a consistent and balanced approach to the assessment of wind farm development applications.
Assessment of any permit application for a wind farm can only commence once the proponent has made a valid application for a permit. Such an application must include expert reports on the potential impacts of the project and detailed strategies and plans of how the proponent will mitigate and manage those impacts. This application will be exhibited publicly for a minimum period of 28 days, during which time individuals and organisations may make submissions on the proposed development.
Final determination on whether to grant a permit, or not, rests with the Minister for Planning after assessment of the proponent’s application by the specialist teams within DELWP (Department of Environment Land Water and Planning).
Is there any independent research into the health impacts of wind turbines?
Australia's peak government health body, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHRMC) conducted two reviews of the evidence. The first study conducted in 2010 concluded that "there is no published scientific evidence to support adverse effects of wind turbines on health." Similarly, the 2015 update came to a same conclusion: "there is currently no consistent evidence that wind farms cause adverse health effects in humans."
In regards to infrasound specifically, the Australian Medical Association (AMA), the professional body that represents Australian doctors, has stated that "the infrasound and low frequency sound generated by modern wind farms in Australia is well below the level where known health effects occur."
There are numerous individual studies that have been conducted on this, a summary has been compiled by Professor Simon Chapman and Teresa Simonetti from the University of Sydney.
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ABOUT THE MRSG RENEWABLE ENERGY ACTION GROUP
The Renewable Energy Action Group (REAG) is part of the not-for-profit Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group.
Our goal is to make the Macedon Ranges carbon neutral by 2030, by leading, supporting and investing in local energy efficiency, generation and offset projects in partnership with community, government and industry.