First sod will be turned on the $850 million Coopers Gap Wind Farm in Queensland today.
The site of the Coopers Gap Wind Farm will be located in Queensland’s Darling Downs, 250km northwest of Brisbane.
The Coopers Gap Wind Farm project will see the installation of 123 GE wind turbines, which will produce 1,510,000 MWh annually, which is enough to power 260,000 homes.
The project will create over 200 construction jobs and is expected to be completed in 2019.
AGL Energy is the owner of the Coopers Gap Wind Farm, they received funding for this project from the Powering Australia Renewables Fund. The project will be developed by AGL and GE/Catcon.
AGL Energy’s manager of project development Evan Carless has spoken about what this project will represent to the region;
"It's also great to see the support AGL is getting from equity partners and lenders for these projects demonstrating the appetite for the private sector to invest in Australia's energy transformation and support projects like this in regional communities,” he said.
"As the project has now achieved financial close and is moving from development to construction phase, AGL's Tim Knill will assume responsibilities as Construction Project Manager for the wind farm.”
GE CEO Geoff Culbert also spoke about this project;
"AGL's commitment to a lower emissions future is clear. The company announced earlier this year it would ramp up investment in renewable energy and completely decarbonise its generation by 2050. This wind farm represents a significant step towards that goal and we are proud to be a part of that,” he said.
GE will be responsible for the wind turbines while CATCON will be responsible for the construction of the wind farm.
It is expected that this project will reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 1,180,000 tonnes annually, which would be the same as taking 340,000 cars off the road.