Dr Anthony Lynham

STATE MEMBER FOR STAFFORD

Wind farm offers jobs, green energy

7 June 2016 –

A new wind farm project near Kingaroy is a step closer to generating clean energy and 370 jobs with its declaration today as a coordinated project.

AGL’s $500 million Coopers Gap Wind Farm will now move to an environmental impact statement with public consultation.

This project is an example of the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s focus on diversifying our economy, generating jobs of the future, and becoming a leader in renewable energy generation.

AGL Energy Ltd has said the project could create up to 350 construction jobs and ongoing employment for up to 20 people in the region.

Depending on the Coordinator-General’s evaluation, construction could start in late 2017 and take two and a half years (making it operational by 2020).

The Queensland Government is committed to producing half of the State’s electricity needs form renewable energy by 2030.
Our strong renewable energy agenda is encouraging the private sector to invest in green Queensland energy. If this project proceeds, it will be one of Australia’s largest green energy producers and will have the potential to supply power to around 180,000 households. The wind farm will has a proposed installed capacity of 350MW and up to 115 wind turbines.

The next stage for this project is for the terms of reference for the environmental impact statement to be released for public consultation.