The $ 1 billon Lacour Energy wind farm project at Clarke Creek, 150 kilometres north west of Rockhampton has been given the nod and it’ll be one of the largest in Australia.
The project coming on line will now be the subject of a feasibility study.
Director of Lacour Energy Mark Rayner says the Clarke Creek wind farm would have a power output of more than over 800 megawatts of electricity.
“We look forward to completing the feasibility study by the end of the year so that construction can begin early next year.”
“Lacour Energy has worked closely with the department to assess acoustic impacts of the wind farm as well as impacts on fauna and vegetation.”
Minister for State Development Cameron Dick says the project is now approved for up to 195 wind turbines, a move he says will create 350 jobs during construction.
“In addition to building the turbines, associated infrastructure will include substations, temporary workers’ accommodation, staff and operational facilities and powerlines. This means jobs for the region over the project’s 36-month construction period and more clean energy that our State can tap into.”
“It is a unique renewable energy project which combines excellent wind and solar resources at a location directly adjacent to the backbone of the Powerlink 275 kV transmission network.”