Another wind farm is set to be built in Queensland after being given the go-ahead by the State Government today.
The $350 million wind farm will produce most of its power overnight from its site on the Banana Range, an area known for its strong overnight winds.
Minister for Planning Cameron Dick said the new wind farm will boost the total capacity of wind generation approved by the Queensland Government to 2240 megawatts, enough to power over one million homes.
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“The government strongly supports investment in regional projects and the Banana Range wind farm, located 20 km west of Biloela, will provide a huge boost for the local economy,” Mr Dick said.
The site is also expected to produce at least 150 jobs.
“With up to 150 construction jobs and up to 15 ongoing jobs, the Banana Range Wind Farm will not only generate electricity for homes and businesses but will be an economic energy source for the surrounding region,” Mr Dick said.
“Besides the great environmental benefits for Queensland, investment in projects such as this also creates a flow-on economic effect for local businesses and assists in diversifying the town’s economy.
“The Banana Range wind farm will generate around 180 megawatts at capacity, which will power around 120,000 homes, around five times the number of houses in Gladstone.
The Coopers Gap wind farm, located between Dalby and Kingaroym, is operational but still under construction. When completed next year it will produce power for 264,000 homes.
Meanwhile, the Mount Emerald Wind farm, near Mareeba, is currently producing power for 75,000 homes.
Lacour Energy director James Townsend said the new wind farm is in an area of excellent wind resources with an existing high voltage 132-kilovolt transmission line running through the project site, which will connect the wind farm to the power network.
“The onsite powerline and excellent wind resource mean that the project can supply competitively priced electricity,” Mr Townsend said.
“The area is known for its strong nighttime winds which is when the wind farm will produce the most energy,and this means the project is very complementary to the daytime energy from rooftop solar and the solar farms that have recently been built in Queensland.
“We estimate there will be an injection of $30-40 million into the regional economy during the construction through the employment of local contractors and service providers.
Construction will begin in 2020 and will take approximately two years to complete.