Hepburn Community Wind Park Co-Operative Ltd (trading as Hepburn Wind) built and operates Australia’s first community-owned wind farm in Leonards Hill, Victoria. The wind farm has been generating since June 2011 and is funded by the Victorian Government, Bendigo Bank, Embark Australia, and over 2,000 member shareholders. Hepburn Wind was established by the Hepburn Renewable Energy Association (now known as the Sustainable Hepburn Association – Renewing the Earth (SHARE)), a community organisation who together with a developer established the co-operative, obtained the planning permit, raised capital for the project and initiated the necessary construction contracts. Hepburn Wind manages the wind farm and sells its electricity to Red Energy (an Australian electricity and gas retailer), which offers a ‘community saver’ product using the electricity generated by the wind farm.

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