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Clean Energy Open Day 2021

Clean Energy Open Day is a chance for the Australian public to get up close and personal with renewable energy.

If you've ever wondered how a solar panel makes electricity, wanted to see the inside of a wind turbine or learn about the history of hydropower, then Clean Energy Open Day is the perfect chance to have your questions answered.

This year five projects across three states are opening their gates to the public for a day of fun and informative activities. Find out about the events taking place in your state and get involved online by following along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Date 31 October 2021
Time 10:00am - 4:00pm
CEOD MAP of projects

Queensland

Blue grass solar farm

Blue Grass Solar Farm

Please note that this event has been moved to Sunday, 28 November. Further information about the Blue Grass Solar Farm's open day event will be provided soon.

About the project

Blue Grass Solar Farm is a major grid-connected solar farm in the Western Downs region of Queensland. X-Elio is currently constructing a 200 MW solar farm with panels being installed on a single-axis tracking system. Once operational the plant will produce 420,000 MWh of renewable electricity per year, enough to power approximately 80,000 Queensland households.

Further detail about this project can be found on X-Elio’s website.

Warwick solar farm

Warwick Solar Farm

Open Day location: 115 Jensens Rd, Sladevale, Qld

Time: 10.00 am – 2.00 pm

Head along to the Warwick Solar Farm visitor centre for a panoramic view of the solar farm, including the 750+ sheep that graze the site. Check out the hands-on solar panel and tracker system display and learn firsthand how solar power works.

A bus tour will also be available, with places strictly limited. You can find out more about the activities taking place here.

About the project

As the University of Queensland's (UQ's) own asset, this remarkable project cements UQ as a sustainability leader, building upon a long track record in renewable energy. The Warwick Solar Farm is first and foremost an act of leadership that demonstrates that a transition to renewables can be done at scale, that’s practicable and makes economic sense. The power generated at Warwick, in addition to 7MW produced at Gatton and St Lucia campuses, makes UQ the first major university in the world to offset 100 per cent of our electricity use with renewable power produced from our own assets.

For more information about the project, visit Warwick Solar Farm’s website.

Victoria

Mortlake south wind farm

Mortlake South Wind Farm

Open Day location: 1515 Terang-Mortlake Road, Kolora, Victoria

Time: 10.00 am – 3.00 pm

Join the ACCIONA team to take a look around the recently constructed Mortlake South Wind Farm.

This is your first chance to get up close and personal with the 35 wind turbines. ACCIONA will be running bus tours from nearby towns Mortlake and Terang, which will take you right underneath the turbines.

After the tour, spend some time getting stuck into food and drinks supplied by local community groups, performances from local musicians and kid's activities. There will also be plenty of renewable energy experts on hand to answer your questions.

Bookings for the bus tours will open shortly on Eventbrite, so stay tuned.

About the project

Mortlake South Wind Farm is ACCIONA's fifth wind farm in Australia. The project will produce enough electricity to power up to 117,000 homes annually.

The wind farm is located in south-west Victoria, 5km south of Mortlake and 7km north-west of Terang. The 35 wind turbines are hosted by 12 farming families. These farms will continue to graze their cattle around the turbines and run their dairy operations for the life of the project.

More than 120 jobs were created during construction, with ten jobs ongoing for the life of the project.

More information about the project can be found on Mortlake South Wind Farm’s website.

Tasmania

Cattle hill wind farm

Cattle Hill Wind Farm

Join the team at Cattle Hill Wind Farm for a fun-filled Open Day. Book a minibus tour of the wind farm to get up close and personal with a wind turbine and chat with an on-site technician.

Please note that advance bookings on the tour bus are essential. More information about the event and how to book will be available soon.

About the project

Cattle Hill Wind Farm is located on the eastern shore of Lake Echo on the southern side of the Central Plateau of Tasmania and connects into TasNetwork’s transmission network at the adjacent Waddamana Substation.

Construction was completed in 2020 with the installation of 48 Goldwind GW140 3MW turbines, each standing at 170 metres in height. The site is fully operating with a local team of nine undertaking site management, operation and maintenance work.

The project output of 144 MW is equivalent to the consumption of approximately 63,500 Tasmanian homes

More information about the project can be found on Cattle Hill Wind Farm’s website.

Waddamana power station

Waddamana Power Station Heritage Site

Open Day location: 2693 Main Road, Waddamana, Tas

Time: 10.00 am – 1.00 pm

Come along to Clean Energy Open Day at Waddamana Power Station Heritage Site to learn about the past, present and future of renewable energy. Attendees can expect a tour of the station, which is now heritage-listed but was cutting-edge in its day. More details of the day's activities to come.

To book please email [email protected] or for more information visit Hydro Tasmania’s website.

About the project

In the early 1900s in the rugged Central Highlands, a bold vision was brought to life, changing the shape of Tasmania and building a foundation for what was to become Australia’s largest generator of renewable energy, Hydro Tasmania.

Waddamana Power Station was commissioned in 1916. The station was the centrepiece of Australia’s first major hydroelectric scheme and heralded the arrival of the industrial age for Tasmania.

To learn more about the project visit Hydro Tasmania’s website.

Event partner

Clean Energy Open Day is proudly supported by Re-Alliance.

Re alliance

Re-Alliance

RE-Alliance is a community-based advocacy group working to leverage the clean energy boom into a prosperous future for regional Australia. More about their work at re-alliance.org.au.