The trust hoping to erect
a cluster of wind turbines to provide electricity to Blueskin
Bay area residents is about to begin the next phase -
engaging with the community.
Open days are being held tomorrow at Long Beach Hall, next
Saturday at Warrington Hall and next Sunday at Waitati Hall.
All will run from 1pm to 4.30pm.
Getting a response from the community was the next important
step in the project, Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust
energy project manager Scott Willis said yesterday.
"It is crucial to ensure the project is on target and there
is enough support to proceed."
The trust hopes 700 to 1000 householders will become New
Zealand's first "prosumers" - electricity producers and
consumers. There are various options for funding the $4.8
million project, but all involve some form of community
Trust members would be at the open days to answer questions,
and those attending would be invited to register their
interest in the project, Mr Willis said.
However, that did not mean they were committing their
support, he said.
"We don't care if people are opposed. We just want them to be
The trust planned to present more detailed wind cluster
proposals to the community early next year for further
discussion, he said.