Synergy Bill - with [Transition Kwoorabup Denmark having] such a large support group probably many- who cannot manage solar panels- would support 'Natural Power'(25,50, 75 or 100% power as guaranteed renewable going into the grid), or 'Green Power', (increments of $10 of the bill as rewable, eg $10, $20, $30 etc). CAD tackled Denmark businesses & tripled the number supporting renewable. Cheers, Janet.


On this page we will include data on the source and usage of energy (i.e. Electricity, Gas...) in the Kwoorabup Denmark town and Shire of Denmark. There will also be information on energy production/saving projects and innovations in the local area.

South Coast Power Working Group

The South Coast Power Working Group (SCPWG) was formed between Western Power and representatives of the Denmark and Walpole communities in early 2007 to engage with the community and seek feedback and potentially develop alternative energy solutions for improving the quality and reliability of supply to the area.

Green Town project

The Green Town Project being implemented in Denmark and Walpole is a series of environmentally friendly energy efficiency initiatives originally developed by Western Power and the communities of Denmark and Walpole, via the South Coast Power Working Group, to promote energy efficiency, reduce peak power consumption and assist in the improvement of power reliability.

Green Town Energy Services:

Green Town Energy Services (GTES) is a community initiative of Green Skills and the Denmark Environment Centre, in partnership with Western Power and is located at the Centre. The role of GTES is to provide information and independent advice on sustainable energy use.
The aim of GTES is twofold: firstly, to reduce energy consumption of Denmark, Walpole, Elleker and Young-Siding between 5.30pm and 7.30pm ("Beat the Peak"); and secondly, to raise awareness about reducing consumption of energy from coal-fired power stations, and learn about environmentally friendly methods of generation.
The educational activities of Green Town and GTES have achieved a 14% reduction in peak time use in 2010, compared with the same time in 2007. This has deferred the need to upgrade the existing power-supply grid, which would be costly to both the environment and the community.

Denmark Community Windfarm:

Denmark’s community windfarm project originated in 2003, as a local response to the global challenge of climate change. Community workshops indicated that the local community wanted to produce its own renewable energy.
As WA’s south coast has strong, consistent winds, wind technology was seen as the most appropriate response, with a small-scale windfarm feeding into the Western Power grid. As well as improving the district’s power quality and reliability, a windfarm would reduce the community’s reliance on fossil fuels, and deliver tangible social and environmental benefits.
A not-for-profit community organisation, Denmark Community Windfarm Inc, was registered in August 2003, to turn the dream into a reality. Extensive surveying of potential sites indicated that Wilson Head, 9km south of the Denmark townsite and facing the Southern Ocean, has excellent wind energy and meets criteria relating to environmental impact, noise, flicker, distance from residences, Native Title, proximity to existing infrastructure, land tenure, amenity and other constraints.
A formal feasibility study in 2005-6 showed that the project was technically and financially feasible, and in August 2006 an application was made to the federal government for funding under its Remote & Regional Power Generation Program (RRPGP). This would cover 50% of capital costs, with the balance to be found by private investors and/or loans.
Funding was approved in 2008. Being on Crown land the preferred site had to be rezoned, and excised from the surrounding reserve in which it is located. To take the project through to construction and operation, a public company, Denmark Community Windfarm Ltd, was registered on 15 April 2011, and public fundraising began.
The windfarm is due to be completed in October-November 2012.