Dr Anthony Lynham

STATE MEMBER FOR STAFFORD

New wind farm approved on the Western Downs

Wind farm

13 March, 2019 –

56 wind turbines have been approved for a $450 million Renewable Energy Systems wind farm project at Dulacca, 250 km north-west of Toowoomba, which will produce around 240 megawatts of power for the Western Downs.

This will generate around 400 construction jobs and 35 ongoing jobs when work begins on the project from early next year.

In addition to the turbines, the proposed development will also involve associated infrastructure such as a substation, meteorology masts, overhead lines and access tracks.

The Dulacca project follows the $48 million Baking Board solar farm at Chinchilla and $217 million Darling Downs solar farm, which started operating on the Western Downs late last year, and another five south-west renewable energy projects either committed or underway.

This is yet another project generating jobs and renewable energy for Queensland, as we transition steadily towards our target of 50 per cent renewables by 2030.

Renewable Energy Systems is also investigating the possibility of developing a solar farm on the site.

This will be subject to a separate development application process and does not form part of this approval.

The wind farm is expected to be fully operational by 2021.