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Embark Australia

Embark Australia is an independent non-for-profit organisation dedicated to eliminating the barriers holding back the growth of a powerful community renewable energy sector.

The Hepburn Community Wind Farm was officially open by 10-year-old Neve Bosher of Creswick, on 5 November 2011. Neve got to open the farm after winning a competition to name the two turbines – Gale and Gusto!

We've talked in detail about the exciting development of the Hepburn Community Wind Farm in habitat magazine and you can read about it here.

The opening of Australia’s first community owned farm is not the only good news story, however. From this adventure emerged Embark.

Embark Australia is an independent non-for-profit organisation dedicated to eliminating the barriers holding back the growth of a powerful community renewable energy sector across our country.

Whether those barriers are a lack of project funding, specialist information and advice, reflexive opposition or the impact of poor policy settings, Embark’s mission is to help erode them and bring about real community renewable energy projects.

Over the next 10 years, Embark aims to facilitate the development of 100 community energy projects around Australia. This is expected to result in 100,000 community investors in local clean energy and will create one million new advocates for renewable energy.

Embark believes a vibrant community energy sector is an economically efficient and socially desirable solution for building the social licence required to dramatically drive down carbon pollution in Australia over the coming decades and we for one hope to work with Embark to see this vision become a reality.

For more information visit www.embark.com.au