The state government of Queensland, Australia has approved the construction of Lacour Energy’s 180MW Banana Range wind farm south-west of Gladstone.
The A$350m ($236m) wind farm will be built by Lacour Energy. It is expected to create 150 temporary jobs during the construction phase. The wind farm will be located on the Banana Range, an area known for its strong overnight winds.
When completed, the Banana Range wind farm will boost the total wind capacity in Queensland to 2.24GW, which is enough to power more than one million homes.Queensland Minister for Planning Cameron Dick said: “The government strongly supports investment in regional projects and the Banana Range wind farm, located 20km west of Biloela, will provide a huge boost for the local economy.”
“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.
“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 enough electricity to power nearly 120,000 homes, which is around five times the number of houses in Gladstone.Construction will begin in 2020 and will take approximately 24 months to complete. The delivery of the Banana Range wind farm will not impact on the lifespan of existing generators.
At present, there are several other wind farms including the 453MW Coopers Gap wind farm, located between Dalby and Kingaroy. The wind farm is operational but is still under construction. Upon completion in 2020, the wind farm will power 264,000 homes.The Mount Emerald Wind farm is now complete and operational. It produces enough energy to power 75,000 homes.
Other wind farm projects include 43MW Kennedy Energy Park near Hughenden and 130MW Kaban Green Power Hub in the Tablelands.
Minister for Energy Dr Anthony Lynham added that the project adds to Queensland’s several renewable projects, placing further downward pressure on electricity prices and taking the state closer to its renewables target of 50% by 2030.
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