The project so far
Collgar Wind Farm was identified by Windlab Systems Pty Ltd (Windlab) as a potential location for a wind farm in Western Australia in mid 2006.
An initial feasibility was undertaken to assessment on site to determine the suitability to accommodate a wind farm. These feasibility assessments were been based on the assessment criteria outlined below:
- Landholders supportive of developing a wind farm on their property;
- Proximity of site to sensitive visual receptors and ecological or historical environments;
- Adequate wind resources (a wind monitoring tower was erected on site in April 2007, with two additional towers installed in 2008);
- Proximity to electricity network connection;
- Suitable land in terms of:
- Terrain and geology;
- Ecological conditions;
- Historic conditions;
- Land area;
- Compatible land uses;
- Planning controls; and
- Access to the site.
Following the determination of this site as a suitable location for a wind farm, Investec and Windlab engaged Bayley Environmental Services in February 2008 to undertake technical assessments (including ecological, visual, heritage etc) to assist in obtaining the relevant approvals.
Consultation with the community and relevant Government Authorities was undertaken over several months prior to the lodgment of the planning application with Merredin Shire Council, including the Community Open Day held on 30th August 2008.
Planning approval was granted by Merredin Shire Council on 23rd September 2008. Full construction commenced in June 2010 and was completed by October 2011. The production and export of the first renewable energy from the wind farm into the South West Interconnected System (SWIS) took place on the 14th May 2011, with all 111 WTGs generating energy from October 2011
23rd October 2012
MERREDIN Men’s Shed members will finally get to build their shed after Collgar Wind Farm donated $50,000 towards the project. Collgar Wind Farm’s chief executive Mike Gilmore and stakeholder manager Carmen Hantar visited the men’s ‘currently loaned’ shed site to present the $50,000 cheque.
Collgar Community Fund
Ms Hantar said the Collgar Wind Farm had a genuine interest in building the capacity of the communities in which they operated. “A grants committee has been appointed to assess all applications and determine how best to allocate funds and in-kind contributions to maximise benefits for communities in the Merredin region,” she said.
“Any proposals put forth require the endorsement of the Shire of Merredin to ensure the community’s best interests are met as the main priority.”
The Collgar Community Fund established by Collgar Wind Farm Pty Ltd, provides sponsorship to fund local projects that benefit the wider community within the Shire of Merredin.
Collgar Wind Farm has a genuine interest in building the capacity of the communities in which we operate. A Grants Committee has been appointed to assess all applications and determine how best to allocate funds and in-kind contributions to maximise benefits for communities in the Merredin region. Any proposals put forth require the endorsement of the Shire of Merredin to ensure the community’s best interests are met as the main priority.
Business Review Australia and Energy Digital Magazine both feature the Collgar Wind Farm story in the June 2011 issues.
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