THURSDAY 07 AUGUST, 2008 |
500 megawatt wind farm proposed for Queensland
Coopers Gap Wind Farm Pty Ltd has submitted a proposal to
develop a wind farm near Kingaroy, Queensland; to be known as Coopers Gap Wind
Farm. The wind farm will consist of up to 252 wind
, with a total generation capacity of up to
Costing over $1.2 billion, the project will contribute to Queensland's renewable
targets of 6% by 2015 and 10% by 2020.
Coopers Gap Wind Farm Pty Ltd. is a joint effort by by Investec Bank (Australia) Limited and
. Windlab Systems is a CSIRO-established company that specialises in wind resource estimation.
The wind turbines
to be used will be approximately 135m overall in height, with a rotor diameter of 104 metres.
The electricity generated from each turbine will be transmitted to a central cable,
located next to the 220kv or 132kv power lines that run through the site area. The
project area is predominantly cleared cattle grazing country and covers approximately 12,000 hectares in total.
A comprehensive environmental assessment has been undertaken and determined
the project will have minimal impact on the local flora and fauna population.
Any remnant vegetation areas located within the area will be avoided during project construction.
The wind farm will create local employment and generate up to 1.7 million megawatt hours of electricity each year, which is enough to power approximately 320,000 homes. The project is also expected to reduce green house gas emissions by up to
2.2 million tonnes annually.
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