CWP Renewables is gearing up for construction to get underway on Uungula Wind Farm this year

HIGH GROUND: CWP Renewables Brad Jachmann relishes his community involvement as much as his role at Crudine Ridge Wind Farm.
HIGH GROUND: CWP Renewables Brad Jachmann relishes his community involvement as much as his role at Crudine Ridge Wind Farm.

Renewable energy developer CWP Renewables is gearing up for construction to get underway on Uungula Wind Farm this year, which is expected to bring an economic injection into the wider regional community.

The 400 MW project, situated east of Wellington, follows the recent construction of Crudine Ridge Wind Farm, 45km south of Mudgee.

A common theme running through all the projects CWP Renewables develops is the focus on community, according to Head of Development Ed Mounsey.

"We work hard from the very beginning to understand the needs and thoughts of the local community. We

know the importance of long-lasting relationships and of getting the right balance of project impacts and community benefits," he said.

"In addition to agreements we have with host landowners and neighbours to the project, the community benefit funds we establish with local councils and the local road upgrades we deliver, we also run community sponsorship programs for each project from inception.

"We were recently pleased to support a host of community initiatives around Uungula Wind Farm, like helping upgrade the Wellington CWA rooms and supporting the Wellington Town Band to purchase new instruments.

"Our Spicers Creek Wind Farm, a project in development near Gulgong, has assisted the Goolma Amenities Committee with contributing to a new ride-on mower to maintain community grounds and the Geurie Lions Club with support for new catering van equipment.

"We are also looking into further community investment opportunities for our projects following the success of our Sapphire Wind Farm co-investment fund."

Establishing strong community roots even goes beyond sponsorships, with Crudine Ridge Wind Farm Operations Site Manager Brad Jachmann finding his second calling via local youth mentoring program Max Potential. When the decision was made to sponsor the program in 2021, Brad jumped at the opportunity to get involved in the program himself.

"We sponsored the program last year due its unique way of helping build strong community leadership," he said.

"It's great to be one of the local businesses supporting the Max Potential program and I've found it personally rewarding being able to mentor a young person, particularly during the disruption due to COVID.

"We are continuing our sponsorship into this year and I'm looking forward to being a mentor again."

With a development pipeline of more than 3.5 GW of renewable energy projects, CWP Renewables will continue to have a strong presence in the Central West for many years to come. To find out more about their

community initiatives, including sponsorships, visit cwprenewables.com/community.

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