26 March, 2020 –
Queenslanders now own their first new renewable energy generation in 20 years, with publicly owned generator CleanCo building a new wind farm near Warwick, on the Southern Downs.
As one of the largest onshore wind farms in the southern hemisphere, the MacIntyre Wind Farm Precinct will have far-reaching and long-lasting social and economic benefits locally, and for the whole state.
The local spend on the Downs is forecast to be more than $500 million during construction – that’s jobs and business flowing into the south-west from later this year when early works start.
This 1,026MW project could supply up to nearly 700,000 homes and is expected to be progressively connected to the state-wide energy grid from 2022, with 64 km of new powerlines connecting the wind farm to Queensland’s electricity network at Millmerran.
State-owned Powerlink has already commenced working on the connection of the project to the grid, which on its own supports up to 240 jobs.