The Coopers Gap Wind Farm has marked a milestone with almost 50 turbines now feeding energy into the National Electricity Market.
The wind farm, located 250km north-west of Brisbane between Dalby and Kingaroy, has a total capacity of 453MW. It is now the largest wind farm by capacity in Australia with enough energy to power 264,000 Australian homes.
All that power is delivered into the electricity grid via a new 275kV substation, built and run by Queensland’s publicly-owned transmission operator Powerlink.
State Energy Minister, Dr Anthony Lynham, said that work is well underway to get all 123 planned turbines up and running early next year, which will bring $850 million of investment, 200 construction jobs, and up to 20 ongoing operational jobs to the region.
“Solar is already massive in Queensland and wind is on the rise, with two operating wind farms at Windy Hill and Mt Emerald, two under construction including here at Coopers Gap, and we’ve just announced that five wind farms have been shortlisted for the final stage of the Government’s Renewables 400 program,” said Dr Lynham.
“We’re well on track to reach our target of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030.”
AGL General Manager Development and Construction, Dave Johnson, said AGL looked forward to safely completing commissioning of Australia’s largest wind farm.
“We thank and greatly appreciate the continued support and cooperation of all key stakeholders such as the Queensland Government, the Western Downs and South Burnett councils and local landowners, which have been crucial in getting to this stage.
“We greatly appreciate the support and guidance of the Australian Energy Market Operator and Powerlink Queensland to finalise the grid connection and ensure the wind farm is safely commissioned.
“A significant proportion of the investment in this project from AGL and the Powering Australian Renewables Fund has been spent with local businesses and contractors.”