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Alex Hewitt, Managing Director of CWP Renewables, and Ed Mounsey CWP's Head of Development with their Clean Energy Council Community Engagement Award for their work on the Boco Rock Wind Farm.

Alex Hewitt, Managing Director of CWP Renewables, and Ed Mounsey CWP's Head of Development with their Clean Energy Council Community Engagement Award for their work on the Boco Rock Wind Farm.

CWP Renewables has being recognised for their community engagement efforts with the Boco Rock Wind Farm, taking out a Clean Energy Council (CEC) Industry Award, Australia's peak industry awards for the renewable energy sector.

CWP were winners of the Community Engagement Award at a gala dinner held in Sydney to mark Clean Energy Week.

The team from CWP responsibe for liasing with stakeholders and the community throughout the development of the Boco Rock Wind Farm have been described by acting CEC Chief Executive Kane Thornton as deserved winners.

"It's official, Boco rocks. Building a wind farm is challenging, it's essential that wind power companies take local communities with them on the journey," Mr Thorton said.

"If you don't spend time keeping people informed and dealing with them in good faith, you can't expect them to support the wind farm.

"The judges found that CWP Renewables had followed industry-leading best practice when engaging with the local community living and working near the wind farm."

Once complete, Boco Rock Wind Farm will have 122 wind turbines operating from the site, providing a source of renewable energy.

CWP head of development is Ed Mounsey says winning a community engagement award is a fitting way to recognise the relationships the team has built with the community.

"A lot of hard work has gone into getting the project so we are chuffed to pick up this award," Mr Mounsey said.

"We have been talking with people around the area to maintain the information for the community.

"A key of our engagement process has been helping sporting clubs. We've linked with the ACT Brumbies to help the Bombala Bluetongues and the Cooma Red Devils."

Mr Thornton said the CEC has prioritised guidelines to ensure wind farms are built with a high level of community support behind them.

"The CEC developed community engagement guidelines last year to help lift the bar across the industry and ensure that wind farms were built with the support of local residents."

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