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Clean energy industry to throw open the gates for visitors at the end of October

The inaugural Clean Energy Open Day on Sunday 27 October will throw open the gates of 16 wind and solar farms across the country to interested visitors, with sausage sizzles, bus and walking tours, children’s entertainment and even a fun run for those dropping by.

Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton said Wind Farm Open Day had been run by his organisation three times, and the time had come to expand the event to include other kinds of clean energy as well.

“We have seen dozens of new wind and solar farms built over the last few years, creating lots of jobs and opportunities in regional towns around the country. The clean energy construction boom has created some $27 billion in investment and more than 16,650 jobs,” Mr Thornton said.

“Many people are understandably curious about how our electricity system is changing and what that looks like at the many wind and solar projects now operating in regional Australia.

“Both wind and solar farms run using fascinating and sophisticated technology, and Clean Energy Open Day is a great opportunity to learn more about clean energy from the knowledgeable staff at wind and solar farms, meeting other people in the local community or just having a fun day out with the family.”

Infigen Energy’s annual Run With the Wind fun run at the Woodlawn Wind Farm in New South Wales will be held to coincide with Clean Energy Open Day on 27 October.

The Clean Energy Council will coordinate the event in partnership with the Australian Wind Alliance, with events at each renewable energy power plant run by individual companies for those in the local community.

Wind and solar farms in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania will run events and tours for visitors.

Visit the Clean Energy Open Day web page for a run-down of some of the events happening at Clean Energy Open Day on 27 October. It is important to note that bookings are essential for many events and some wind and solar farms are reporting that seats on their bus tours are filling up fast.

The following wind and solar farms will be running events on Sunday 27 October:

StateClean energy facilityClosest townCompany involved

NSW

Broken Hill Solar Plant

Broken Hill

AGL

NSW

Dubbo Solar Hub

Dubbo

Neoen

NSW

Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm

Crookwell

BJCE Australia

NSW

Woodlawn Wind Farm

Tarago

Infigen Energy

VIC

Moorabool Wind Farm

Ballan

Goldwind Australia

VIC

Stockyard Hill Wind Farm

Skipton

Goldwind Australia

VIC

Swan Hill Solar Farm

Swan Hill

Impact Investment Group

VIC

Waubra Wind Farm

Waubra

ACCIONA

QLD

Childers Solar Farm

Childers

Elliott Green Power

QLD

Daydream and Hayman Solar Farms

Collinsville

Edify

QLD

Hamilton and Whitsunday Solar Farms

Collinsville

Edify

QLD

Oakey Solar Farm

Oakey

Canadian Solar/Foresight Group

SA

Willogoleche Wind Farm

Hallett

Engie

TAS

Studland Bay Wind Farm

Woolnorth

Woolnorth Wind Farms


Please contact Mark Bretherton, Clean Energy Council Director – Media on 0413 556 981 for more information or to arrange an interview.