Not only does hosting a renewable energy project contribute to cleaner energy, it can also provide benefits to the local community.
Written by Squadron Energy |
Squadron Energy’s Bango Wind Farm, one of the largest wind farms in New South Wales, opened in April this year, bringing benefits to landowners and the broader community.
Wal Archer is one of nine host landowners for Bango Wind Farm, whose farm now houses wind turbines that are helping prevent 543,000 tonnes of carbon emissions being released into the atmosphere annually.
Mr Archer says the opportunity to host renewable energy on his property was unexpected but one he saw as a good opportunity for his family and the broader district.
“The clear financial benefits provide stable cash flow for a traditionally fluctuating business,” Mr Archer said.
“Hosting renewable energy on our property has also allowed us to provide good, reliable jobs for the local community.
“It feels good that playing a part in Australia’s transition to a cleaner future has a positive benefit for us and has a positive effect on the wider economy and community.
“The turbines have no impact on our daily life. It is just really fascinating to watch them."
Bango Wind Farm is located on Ngunnawal Country, 14km south of Boorowa and 30km north of Yass.
The 244MW project is the third largest operational wind farm in NSW, producing enough electricity to power 144,000 homes and prevent 543,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually. During construction it created 320 jobs and injected $110 million into the regional economy.
At Squadron Energy, we see our landowner and neighbour relationships as key.
One of the great benefits of hosting or neighbouring a wind farm is that it provides additional income independent of weather and market conditions, which can help diversify income streams.