19 August, 2019 –
I recently joined Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Member for Cook Cynthia Lui and RATCH-Australia to officially open Mt Emerald Wind Farm – one of Queensland’s largest wind farms, located around 50 kilometres south west of Cairns.
This $400 million project involving 53 massive turbines is part of the renewable energy boom happening here in Queensland.
Our state has more than 2,400 megawatts of large-scale renewable energy capacity operating already and almost 900 megawatts more is currently financially committed to or under construction.
Together, these projects represent more than $5 billion in capital investment and more than 4,500 constructions jobs in regional Queensland.
The Mt Emerald Wind Farm will supply 500 million kilowatt hours of renewable electricity every year, which is enough to power 80,000 homes a year, the equivalent to supplying about one third of the Far North’s energy needs.
Construction has also boosted the local economy with around $66 million of direct investment into the Far North, with 200 positions filled by local workers, and 20 businesses in the region winning contracts.
The Mt Emerald Wind Farm helps to support our energy demands, our renewable future, our economy, the local communities here, and the people of Far North Queensland.
This is just another step towards meeting the Government’s commitment of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030 and zero net emissions by 2050.
The wind farm has a long-term contract to supply electricity to Ergon Retail and is connected to the electricity grid via a new substation owned and built by Queensland’s publicly-owned transmission operator, Powerlink.