New Qld wind farm to power more than 100,000 homes


A NEW $350 million wind farm will power more than 100,000 homes and create up to 150 construction jobs for Queensland.

The new wind farm will produce most of its power overnight, from its site the Banana Range, an area known for strong night time winds.

It will boost the total capacity of wind generation approved by the Queensland Government to 2240 megawatts, enough to power more than one million homes.

Planning Minister, Cameron Dick, said the wind farm would provide a "huge boost for the local economy".

"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," he said.

"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 site will be home to 50 turbines, helping us achieve our renewable energy target."

Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the project added to the state's numerous renewable projects, placing further downward pressure on electricity prices and taking Queensland closer to our renewables target of 50 per cent by 2030.

The Coopers Gap wind farm (located between Dalby and Kingaroy) is still under construction, but when completed next year it will produce power for 264,000 homes.

The Mount Emerald Wind farm, near Mareeba is completed and operational producing power for 75,000 homes.

Other wind farm projects include Kennedy Energy Park near Hughenden - 43 megawatts and Kaban Green Power Hub in the Tablelands with 130M megawatts capacity.

Lacour Energy director James Townsend said the wind farm was 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.

"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," he said.

Construction on the Banana Range wind farm will begin in 2020 and will take approximately 24 months to complete.