Wind Farms Need Willing Communities 1

Thursday, November 21st, 2013
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Communities must be actively involved in the process of developing wind farms, the Clean Energy Council says.

Chief executive Kane Thornton says the council hopes to promote better working relationships between developers and local communities across South Australia, which has more wind power than any other state.

Kane Thornton

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“Local people need to have effective opportunities to comment, meaningful engagement with the companies proposing the developments and be part of the journey,” Mr Thornton said on Thursday.

To help, the council has launched two guides to encourage better community consultation in areas where wind farms are proposed.

They will help local residents understand what to expect.

SA Planning Minister John Rau said genuine community engagement is important to the development of wind farm projects.

“Delivering a cleaner and more diverse energy supply requires genuine consultation with local communities in those areas across the state where our energy resources are located,” he said.

The council says a recent survey showed most people support wind energy, including many who live in areas where wind farms already exist or are proposed.

It says for every 15 to 20 turbines installed, a host farm can expect to receive $250,000 a year.

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  1. Shane

    First up ask the companies to explain to the hosts why it is they state in the contract that they shall indemnify them selves against any third party whom may choose to take action against the turbines. (But apparently the hosts have nothing to worry about when it comes to being sued by their neighbors). . Secondly why they see it is a fair deal to pay $10000 a turbine to the land holder while they pocket around$850000 per year per turbine. . I once felt farmers had a reasonably savvy business sense about them… so you want to start with a closer involvement .. start with honesty. .