Queensland’s largest wind farm gains environmental approval

Queensland’s largest wind farm gains environmental approval

A 460MW wind farm in Southern Queensland has secured environmental approval, paving the way for the state’s largest wind farm project to come online in 2020.

AGL Energy (ASX:AGL) is developing the project titled Coopers Gap, which is one of four renewable energy projects the firm is currently working on, including two solar fields and another wind farm in New South Wales.

Managing director and CEO, Andy Vesey said: “Coopers Gap Wind Farm would be the largest wind farm in Queensland and will provide economic as well as environmental benefits for the local region and the state.

“We are looking forward to continuing the project’s development, and to working with the local community on fine-tuning the details.”

The project will be funded through AGL’s Powering Australia Renewables Fund (PARF), which aims to develop around 1,000MW of large-scale renewable energy projects.

The Coopers Gap Wind Farm will produce around 1,400GWh of renewable energy, enough to power more than 240,000 Australian homes.

It is estimated that the energy produced would reduce carbon emissions by over one million tonnes annually, equivalent to taking over 320,000 cars off the road.