Farmer of sun and wind
Narrator: The Osborne’s have been farming the Southern Tablelands for generations. Installing a commercial capital wind farm as well as a solar PV array on his Lake George property, Harry Osborne has harnessed natural resources and benefited from the practicalities of a clean energy future.
Harry: The wind turbines we have here is part of an extensive farm that runs right along this range. We’re at the southern tip of it and we’ve got 10 turbines. It works – it keeps the integrity of the land, which is probably a lot more then I can say for some of the practices in the past.
The driving force behind the solar installation was the 50% investment allowance but also the renewable energy certificates. It’s a holistic way of running my property. It’s not about being an evangelist. There is opportunities to not just benefit yourself by cheaper energy but also to make some money out of it as well. My uncle spends an awful lot of his wind farm money on restoration of erosion. You know, there’s some great advantages to having a better income, we all know that.
Doing it properly is essential to do it at all so you’ve really go to go out there and do your homework and find out what the right equipment is, what government support you can get and whether you can build it progressively. And it’s not a revolution it’s evolution. I’m passionate about a cleaner energy future for Australia and for the world and for myself, for its logic and the fact it doable.