Queensland government approves $128 million wind farm

The Government of Queensland has approved a AUS$128 million wind project in the South Burnett Regional Council area, Northwest of Brisbane.

The 64MW Mannuem wind park will be built by Australian Energy Wind Farm, and is set to become operational next year, with construction beginning in March 2020.

Queensland Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Cameron Dick said: “The Queensland government is committed to supporting investment in regional Queensland and renewable energy projects.

“It’s a huge job boost for the area and will help us achieve our renewable energy target.

“This project will deliver 16 new turbines and, coupled with the 123 turbines in nearby Coopers Gap, that’s nearly 140 turbines delivering power to the region.”

The 453MW Coopers Gap wind farm is Australia’s largest onshore facility and can generate enough electricity to power 264,000 homes per year. The Mannuem wind park could supply electricity to an extra 35,000 homes.

“Queensland’s renewable revolution is full steam ahead and we continue to show the way for the rest of the nation,” said Queensland Minister for Energy Dr Anthony Lynham.