Renewable power company Neon is hosting an informal drop-in session for community members to come and learn more about the proposed Alectown Wind Farm on Thursday, February 6.
(min cost $8)
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The 120MW project is located on private lands that run adjacent to the Goobang National Park, with the turbines to be located on the windy ridges.
Alectown Wind Farm is Neoen's second project in this region - they are owners and operators of Parkes Solar Farm, which has been operating since May 2018 and is located 10km west of Parkes.
Both projects deliver affordable, reliable clean energy for NSW consumers.
Alectown Wind Farm will provide enough clean energy to power 71,000 homes.
The $240 million investment is expected to create over 150 jobs during construction, which will last approximately 12-24 months, providing lots of opportunities for local accommodation, hospitality and service providers.
There will be a small, permanent local team of approximately 3-5 staff once the facility starts operating.
With construction expected to start in 2022, project manager Joanna Murphy said Neoen was eager to introduce the community to this exciting clean energy project.
"Community drop-in sessions are a great way to keep the community informed; you can meet members of the project team, ask lots of questions and take an information booklet home for friends and family," Ms Murphy said.
"Neoen has a 'no surprises' approach to its projects and will provide regular opportunities for input and updates as the project progresses. We welcome people's feedback through our online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/alectown2019."
At the drop-in session community members will be able to look over the proposed project plans and various materials and ask questions so that individuals and businesses can capitalise on the many opportunities this project offers.
"Neoen own and operate all of their projects (rather than developing them to be sold), which means they genuinely care about neighbouring communities," Ms Murphy said.
"This dedication to community and environment has made Neoen a renewable energy developer of choice across the country.
"Alectown Wind Farm will have a Community Benefit -Sharing Scheme of $60,000 per year once in operation for the lifetime of the project and are seeking the community's input into the design of this scheme."
The Alectown Wind Farm Community Drop-in Session will be held on Thursday February 6, from 3pm to 7pm at the Alectown Soldiers Memorial Hall, off the Newell Highway. Drinks and refreshments will be provided.
For more information about the project, please contact Joanna Murphy on 1800 966 188.
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