Crookwell 2 Wind Farm gives back to the community

RELIEF: A happy Charlie Prell in a shearing shed at Gundowringa. He says the Crookwell 2 Wind Farm is a “game changer". Photo supplied.
RELIEF: A happy Charlie Prell in a shearing shed at Gundowringa. He says the Crookwell 2 Wind Farm is a “game changer". Photo supplied.

Charlie Prell has been waiting 17 years for the proposed Crookwell 2 wind farm on his property to become a reality. 

Now GE Renewable Energy has announced an agreement with Global Power Generation Australia to install 28 wind turbines at his property Gundowringa, near Pejar Dam, and two neighbouring properties. 

Mr Prell said the wind farm is a “game changer” for him and other landowners.

“It gives you the financial flexibility to change your stocking rate, to spell pastures, to manage water courses much more sustainably and environmentally because you’ve got the passive income stream,” Mr Prell said. 

“You’re not reliant on the income from the stock, which is totally related to weather and pasture conditions.” 

He is happy there will be financial benefits for the neighbouring properties beyond the host farms as well as the local community.

He said the Community Enhancement Fund would receive $2500 per turbine annually for the next 25 years.This money will go towards landcare work and building new facilities the community wants. 

A GE spokesperson said once operational, the farm would produce over 300,000 megawatt-hours of power during the average year, with zero carbon emissions, an energy supply equivalent to that needed to power 41,600 Canberra homes.​

The project is going to be delivered under a Balance of Plant contract.

CPP will deliver the electrical scope design and construction for the project.