Queensland government backs 1.2GW wind farm

The government of Queensland in Australia will help to deliver a 1.2GW onshore wind farm in the Southeast of the state after facilitating a deal for the construction of the AUS$2 billion project.

The Forest Wind project in the Wide Bay region of Queensland is set to become one of the largest onshore wind farms in the Southern hemisphere when it becomes operational.

Developer Forest Wind Holdings – a joint venture between Queensland-based CleanSight and Siemens Financial Services – said that construction could commence as early as the fourth quarter of 2020, subject to approvals.

“This is yet another massive project with the potential to create work for hundreds of Wide Bay families,” said local politician Bruce Saunders.

“We’ve got the workforce and skills here locally, and we’re ready to build the big projects that will transform Queensland’s future. It’s a great example of private enterprise thinking outside the box to help boost renewable energy generation in our state.”

The project will provide enough power for more than 550,000 homes, while creating up to 440 new jobs during the construction phase of the project plus an additional 50 long-term operational jobs.