Crudine Ridge Wind Farm opens its gates.

Written by CWP Renewables |

Renewable energy company CWP Renewables opened its gates last week with schools and community members getting up close to wind turbines at Crudine Ridge Wind Farm.

Students marvelled at the size and scale of the turbines when they were treated to a tour after lessons on wind energy at the site office.

Primary students from Lue Public School and infant students from Sofala Public School were granted tours on Friday as part of the project’s community engagement program.

Lue Public School site tour  

Lue Public School Principal Caron McDonald said of the trip: “It was such a fabulous day at Crudine Ridge Wind Farm for students in years 3-6. They learned so much about wind energy (they’re researching different forms of energy in science) and were absolutely amazed at the size of the wind turbines.”

The 135 MW wind farm, which includes 37 wind turbines located across Mid-Western Regional and Bathurst Regional Council areas, was completed earlier this year.

CWP Renewables Head of Asset Management Brendan McAvoy said it was great to finally offer community visits after COVID and weather related setbacks.

“We’ve been keen to share the full wind farm experience with the local community for some time, so it was wonderful to be able to open our gates, even if the weather was a little wet on Saturday,” Dr McAvoy said.

“It was an opportunity to provide some insight into how the local wind farm is contributing to the bigger picture as Australia transitions to renewable energy.”

Rodney Capon from Carcalgong, who visited the wind farm with his father, said it was a valuable experience.

“I’ve watched it from the road grow over the past few years… I’ve really enjoyed seeing them up close and seeing all those components we watched come down the road all come together into an actual operating wind farm,” Mr Capon said.

“I think it’s probably something all people should come and have a bit of a look at and understand a lot more about how the renewable energy market works.”

He also said he recognised wider benefits.

“For the community I think the Aarons Pass Road upgrades have been amazing compared to what it was. Before the wind farm came along it was a very rough old road and now it’s like the super highway of the Mudgee area I think… it’s better than the Sydney roads.”

Georgina Williamson from Sofala was also excited about the first-hand experience.

“It was absolutely phenomenal, I loved it. It really opens everything up for the community. I was wondering what happened and why are they here but now I’ve seen it, I think it’s a great idea,” she said.

“I live about 8km away. I’m really excited about seeing it today more than when I first saw the trucks (during construction).

“It’s bringing renewable energy to Australia, that’s the most exciting and most positive thing.”

The wind farm generates enough electricity to power more than 75,000 homes annually and provides renewable electricity to the likes of Nestlé Australia and Sydney Airport.

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