MacIntyre Wind Farm
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The MacIntyre Wind Farm, located 200 kilometres south-west of Brisbane, has a planned generating capacity of 1026 megawatts. The farm is expected to consist of 180 wind turbines, which would make it one of the largest wind farms in the world.
The site for the project will be located within 36,000 hectares of leased land. The project will also include 64 kilometres of new transmission lines to connect to the national grid, as well as an on-site substation. The site has the potential for energy storage in future, however this is not currently within the scope.
The projected with be constructed by the owner and operator, Acciona. The estimated construction cost is $1.96 billion.
The site for the proposed wind farm has been selected for its consistent winds, and the land is currently used for sheep farming. Acciona expects that these practices will be able to continue throughout construction and operation of the project.
The project is currently in the development phase. Acciona plans to submit a development application seeking a development permit for a Material Change of Use to allow construction and operation of the wind farm to the State Assessment and Referral Agency in mid-2020.
- Mid-2021: Commence construction
- 2024: Estimated commencement of operations
- Acciona has secured a 400-megawatt power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Queensland Government’s renewable energy generator, CleanCo.
- CleanCo has also committed to owning and operating a 100-megawatt windfarm within the greater MacIntyre complex.
Procurement will be undertaken by Acciona, the private owner and operator.
- Mar 2020: Acciona announced construction will proceed on the facility.
Last reviewed: 08/05/2020