Community funds blow in

A Spanish-owned company is now providing $45,000 in cash sponsorship each year to sporting and community groups in the Millicent area.

Iberdrola Australia purchased Infigen Energy in a friendly takeover last year and its assets included the 113 wind turbines and new $38.5m battery at Lake Bonney.

Infigen Energy had been generous sponsors of Millicent organisations since the windfarm along the Woakwine Range was erected almost two decades ago.

Among the many beneficiaries to date have the Millicent Show Society and the Millicent Football Netball Club. 

The company had similar community sponsorships interstate where it had other windfarms and energy assets.

New owner Iberdrola Australia now is also keen to be a good corporate citizen in the Millicent area.

Known as the Lake Bonney Wind Farm Community Fund, its committee reviews and approves fund applications four times a year. 

Wind farms along the Woakwine Range provide employment for around 30 technical, administrative and support staff while lease payments are received by dozens of owners of rural land which house the turbines.

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