02 March, 2017
Courtesy of the Courier Mail
A MAJOR renewable energy project near Kingaroy is a step closer after the co-ordinator-general approved its environmental impact statement.
State Development Minister Anthony Lynham announced the approval of the Coopers Gap wind farm EIS in State Parliament this morning.
Dr Lynham said AGL proposed to construct and operate up to 115 wind turbines with agreements secured with all affected landowners.
He said the Coordinator-General had placed conditions on his EIS approval, including on noise, shadow flicker, electromagnetic interference and impacts on flora and fauna.
“When completed this will be Queensland’s biggest wind farm and contribute up to $4 million each year to the local economy — a big win for the Wide Bay Burnett and Darling Downs regions,” Dr Lynham told the House.
“Most importantly, the project’s proponent AGL Energy Limited has advised they will employ local people and local contractors wherever possible.
“Depending on the timing of project approvals, that’s up to 350 construction jobs from when construction starts later this year and 20 permanent jobs once operations start in 2020.
“This wind farm could generate up to 460 megawatts of electricity and potentially supply power to more than 240,000 households.”
Dr Lynham said it was estimated about one million tonnes per year of greenhouse gas emissions would be avoided when the wind farm’s power is supplied to the grid.
“That’s the equivalent of taking about 320,000 petrol-driven cars off the road each year.”