Wind farm collab gives power to entrepreneurs

Berrybank 1 wind farm (entrepreneurs)
Berrybank 1 Wind Farm (Image: GPG)

RMIT University is collaborating with Global Power Generation (GPG) to support entrepreneurs near the company’s Berrybank 1 Wind Farm project in south-west Victoria.

GPG is the international power generation arm of Naturgy Energy Group—a leading multinational group in the energy sector. The group’s Berrybank 1 Wind Farm is in south-west Victoria, in the Western Plains region about 130km from Melbourne, within the Corangamite and Golden Plains local government areas.

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The wind farm consists of 43 wind turbines with an installed power capacity of 180MW capable of generating 644GWh/year, equivalent to the electricity to supply 138,000 homes. It’s one of six development projects in Victoria to support achievement of the Victorian State Government’s Victorian Renewable Energy Targets (VRET) (awarded in the VRET 1 auction), which aim for 50 per cent of energy through renewable sources by 2030.

Berrybank 1 Wind Farm project director David Santo Tomás said the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program being developed with RMIT responds to a strong commitment to communities in the surrounding area, and is one of several community engagement initiatives that Berrybank 1 Wind Farm will launch and promote during its operations phase.

“Open to the local community, our aim is to support an intergenerational ecosystem of existing, emerging and aspiring entrepreneurs interested in launching and running new businesses,” he said.

“We’re pleased to be collaborating with RMIT for the delivery of this exciting initiative.”

RMIT University executive director policy, strategy and impact Tom Bentley said the new collaboration aligns with RMIT’s mission to make a positive economic and social contribution to the people, communities and countries where it operates.  

“Delivered by RMIT Activator, the program will see opportunities for members of the community to participate in a variety of entrepreneurship activation initiatives,” he said. 

“This will include students at local high schools, people starting out new businesses as well as supporting existing businesses enter the digital economy,” he said.  

RMIT Activator is the University’s growth engine for entrepreneurship and innovation with a focus on delivering experiences to build knowledge, capabilities and networks for future impact and success.

RMIT Activator director Matt Salier said the new collaboration with Berrybank 1 Wind Farm was set to deliver the skills, opportunities and innovation to serve the needs of the local area. 

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“We look forward to collaborating with the community to deliver relevant and forward-looking capacity building initiatives—with a strong focus on co-creation to enable and empower the community,” he said. 

RMIT and GPG’s engagement and consultation with the community kicked off in 2021. Learn more about Berrybank 1 Wind Farm’s Community Engagement and Benefits Sharing Plan.

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