Sep 02, 2019

Green light for $128m wind farm project

Green light for $128m wind farm project

Australian Energy Wind Farm has won State approval for a $128 million wind farm with 16 turbines in the South Burnett Regional Council area.

Construction is expected to start as early as March 2020 for the 64 megawatt wind farm, 32km west of Kingaroy.

State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick said the project was expected to generate 100 new jobs in construction and there would be a further five ongoing jobs.

“It’s a huge jobs boost for the area and will help us achieve our renewable energy target,” he said.

An Australian Energy Wind Farm spokeswoman said the Kingaroy wind farm was expected to generate enough energy to power the equivalent of about 35,000 homes.

“Wind farm technology has significantly advanced during recent years and the 16 turbines on site will each produce between 4-5.5 megawatts of energy,” she said.

“Before operations commence, we will be upgrading local roads leading to the site and delivering the associated infrastructure such as a substation.”

This Kingaroy project is part of more than $1.6 billion worth of renewable energy investment underway or recently operating in the Darling Downs and South West regions.

This includes Australia’s biggest wind farm, Coopers Gap Wind Farm, which has a total capacity of 453 megawatts.

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