Hepburn Renewable Energy Association



Hepburn Renewable Energy Association

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Hepburn renewable energy association (hrea) was established in 2005, with the intention to build Australia’s first community-owned wind farm.

The association was started by a small group of local residents, who with the support of over 400 members and a partnership with Future Energy, were able to gain planning permission for a small community wind park in 2007.

The project, now being developed by Hepburn Wind Cooperative (www.hepburnwind.com.au) and Future Energy (www.futureenergy.com.au ), consists of two modern, 2 Megawatt (MW) turbines, situated at Leonards Hill in the Hepburn Shire.
The energy produced by the turbines will be equivilant to supply over 2000 homes and represents a saving of 14,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. The community wind park project received $975,000 in funding from Sustainability Victoria and will be fully operational by the end of 2009.

Cultivating sustainable community

Following the handover for the development of the wind park to Hepburn Wind, hrea has gone through a period of reflection and reformation, redefining its goals, beyond the boundaries of the wind park project.

With a new focus on cultivating sustainable community and showcasing sustainable local initiatives, hrea is currently building a new website platform and networks within the shire.

Core Strategy 1
Create a Sustainable Organisation

Build and connect with membership
Create working groups
Communicate regularly

Core Strategy 2
Be the ears and voice of sustainability

Create a useful website
Produce regular newsletters / Green News
Connect with Council

Core Strategy
Connecting & catalysing local sustainability initiatives

We support what is happening by an agreed selection criteria that fit our core values
Identify priority projects
Get the word out

Core Strategy 4
Building Capacity

Inspiration and motivation through programs, education, forums we originate
Connecting with community groups
We make it happen

Type of group


Primary environmental focus

Renewable Energy

Geographic sphere or activity


Primary location

Hepburn, Victoria

Known address

Hepburn, Victoria

Website link/s

Date of known website activity

October 13, 2009

Date of last group activity not on website (e.g., on social media)

October 13, 2009

Known reason for group inactivity

Moved/combined with Sustainable Hepburn Association (SHARE)

Is in a network or alliance with the following groups

Project Names (where applicable)

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Title Alternate label Class
Wind Park Project Group organising/creating the project Project