Queensland Government Is Betting Big on Renewable Energy With Its New Wind Farm

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The Queensland government has unveiled plans to build Australia’s largest state-owned wind farm, which is expected to be operational by 2026.

The government’s proposed Tarong West Wind Farm would be built at Ironpot, 30 kilometres south-west of Kingaroy, and is expected to cost around $776 million, which will be drawn from Queensland’s $2 billion Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs fund.

Stanwell Corporation, a state-owned electricity generation and retailing company, is said to be the massive wind farm project developer.

According to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, the wind farm will generate enough electricity of up to 500MW capacity to power more than 230,000 homes. It will create around 200 construction jobs during the construction phase and 15 ongoing jobs when it becomes operational.

“It’s investments like this that will ensure we deliver on our net-zero ambitions and our promise to Queenslanders to become a global renewable energy superpower,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“We have more and more investment coming onto our books which means that there are going to be a lot more of the scale of these wind and solar farms,” she added.

This project forms part of the Queensland government’s plan to increase renewable energy production in the state to 50 per cent by 2030. Currently, more than 20 per cent of Queensland’s electricity is produced from renewable energy sources.

The South Burnett region is no stranger to wind farms, with the existing Tarong North and Yabulu plants already operating in the area.

However, the proposed Tarong West Wind Farm would be much larger than either of these and the largest state-owned wind farm in Australia.

On September 26, the Premier visited the state’s Southern Queensland Renewable Energy Zone site.

The project is still early and must undergo several environmental and planning approvals before proceeding.

The final decision on the Tarong West Wind Farm proposal is expected in 2024 and is expected to be operational by 2026.

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