COONOOER Bridge may be just a rural locality between Charlton and St Arnaud with no more than a few dozen people, but it will soon be making its mark in the nation's capital.
The town's six turbine wind farm proposal was one of three sites chosen to power Canberra from early next year.
Constructed by Canberra company Windlab Limited, the 19.4 megawatt wind farm will generate enough electricity to power 14,000 homes.
While farmer Leigh Watts will host all six turbines on his property, the benefit will flow through the wider Coonooer Bridge community.
"Anyone with land within three kilometres of a turbine receive shares in the company," he said.
"Those shares double if you have a house as well, instead of just property."
Windlab Limited says the wind farm will bring $500,000 into the community and save 83,770 tonnes of CO2 per annum.
It is scheduled for completion in early 2016, with construction to start this year.
The project is part of the ACT's first wind energy reverse auction, including three solar projects to provide 90 per cent of the state's energy needs by 2020.
The wind farms will provide 33 per cent of the power.
Buloke Shire Council approved the plans in June 2013.
Mr Watts said while the process had been drawn out, everyone involved was excited to see it reach this stage.
"Everyone's been in favour of the idea," he said.
"People can say what they like, but climate change is here. I've been farming here for decades and can easily say it's getting much drier.
"They keep saying we have some of the best land in Australia for wind. The sheep can graze right up under the towers when it's finished too.
"It's a win-win."
The Ararat and Hornsdale were the other two successful wind farms.
Windlab chairman Roger Price said the modest-sized wind farm was an example of what could be achieved through the right government policy.
"To build a wind farm, you've got to have certainty about who is going to buy your electricity," he said.
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