Partners are organisations or professionals actively contributing resources (funding, in-kind, knowledge, expertise) to NEW in a sustained, structured way, but not necessarily with a commercial potential in mind. 

Armidale Business Chamber

The Armidale Business Chamber is a not-for -profit business support organization providing current and relevant information, education and training and networking opportunities to its members and the wider Armidale community.

The Chamber has hosted Investor and Business Forums for the NEW project.

Australian Community Energy

Australian Community Energy (ACE) provides world class best practice methods and experience to assist communities and business to develop renewable energy projects and to create related opportunities for investment.

ACE is providing technical wind farm development consultancy and advice to the NEW project. ACE is also represented on the NEW Consortium.

Clarence Consultants

Clarence Consultants is a multi-discipline professional engineering consultancy based in regional NSW, meeting the needs of regional clients. They have offices in Coffs Harbour, Grafton and Tamworth.

Clarence Consultants provided pro-bono assistance with the Essential Energy Network Connection, 66kV Line Route Analysis and Costings for the New England Wind proposed site at Woodville East.

Community Power Agency

The Community Power Agency partners with community groups to support them in navigating the complex process of setting up a community owned renewable energy project. They offer tailored research and workshops, strategic advice, public speaking, and group planning and facilitation expertise.

CPA has provided research and case studies for the NEW project and is represented on the Consortium.


Embark is a non-profit organisation focused on accelerating the uptake of community renewable energy projects by providing practical capacity-building tools and seed and investment funding.

Embark is assisting NEW with research, case studies, experience and legal advice.

Environmental Defenders Office, Northern Rivers

The Environmental Defender’s Office Ltd is a not-for-profit community legal centre specialising in public interest environmental law.

The EDO is assisting the NEW project with legal matters.

Fulcrum 3D/Epuron

Fulcrum 3D and Epuron have provided in-kind support by providing the sodar equipment and their services for the wind monitoring program at a discounted price.

NSW Fair Trading

NSW Fair Trading is a state government department providing services directly to individuals and businesses to create a fair, safe and equitable marketplace.

This department provided funding for the Feasibility Study into the NEW project.

Office of Environment & Heritage

 The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage is an environmental regulator and a manager of parks and gardens in NSW, and develops and leads policy and reform in environmental regulation, sustainability, biodiversity and native vegetation, coastal protection and Aboriginal cultural heritage.

OEH has provided funding to NEW for the Feasibility Study, the Wind Farm Study Tour and the SODAR Wind Monitoring Project, as well as knowledge and advice on a range of issues. The Renewable Energy Precinct of New England North West is represented on the NEW Consortium.

Southern New England Landcare

Southern New England Landcare (SNELC) is a not-for-profit community network based on the northern tablelands of New South Wales with a mission to foster community participation in sustainable natural resource management.

SNELC has provided assistance with promotion through its landholder networks and with community information sessions. It is also represented on the Consortium for NEW.


Starfish Initiatives

Starfish Initiatives specialises in social change for rural and regional sustainability. It brings capabilities in participatory planning and research, governance and business, community enterprise, wellbeing and development.

NEW has been formed under the auspices of Starfish Initiatives which has also provided Governance, Partner Networks, Coordination, Stakeholder Forums, Research, Survey, Project Documentation and Reporting for NEW. Funding was also provided for the Feasibility Study from the Starfish initiative, Farming the Sun, a community solar enterprise. Starfish Initiatives is also represented on the NEW Consortium.

Sustainable Living Armidale

Sustainable Living Armidale (SLA) is part of the global Transition Towns movement, a volunteer organisation made up of action groups, each focussing on a specific area of sustainability.

SLA has provided funding for the Feasibility Study for NEW as well as ongoing community engagement. SLA is represented on the NEW Consortium.

The University of New England

The University of New England (UNE) is an Australian public university with approximately 18,000 higher education students. Its original and main campus is located in Armidale NSW and it was the first Australian university established outside a capital city.

 UNE has provided networks and knowledge to NEW, hosted Investor and Business forums and is a potential energy buyer for NEW.