Residents ride for renewable energy

Ralph, Cathy, Al, Bruce, Jon and Bec are set for Woodend’s Ride for Renewables. Picture: Shawn Smits

Energy-conscious cyclists will strap on their helmets at a Ride for Renewables event this weekend.

The 15-kilometre ride on October 31 kicks off from the Black Forest timber mill near Woodend, heading for the site that locals propose for three wind turbines.

Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group hosts the annual Ride for Renewables to promote renewable energy in the region, including a large, government-funded solar panel project at the Woodend timber mill and a community wind farm.

The group hosts events and practical activities that seed sustainable living initiatives around the shire.

Group president Ralf Thesing says the ride is a chance for people to show their support for the two projects under way.

“These projects have been several years in the making, ” he said. “We want to install more solar panels on more homes.”

The proposed wind turbine project could generate enough power for up to 4500 homes – enough for Woodend, Macedon and Mount Macedon, he said.

Cyclists will need a water bottle, snacks, sunscreen, any medications, a high-visibility vest and comfortable clothing and helmets, Mr Thesing said. Registration and briefing are at 10am for an 11am start.