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Australia gives approval for Mt Emerald wind farm project in Queensland

CTBR Staff Writer Published 30 November 2015

Australia Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt has given his consent for construction of the Mt Emerald wind farm project in Queensland.

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The approval, which comes after a delay of four years, for the A$380m ($274m) project is subject to 35 strict conditions in order to minimize a harmful environmental impact.

Ratch Australia and Port Bajool are the joint developers for the wind power plant.

Construction on the wind farm is scheduled to begin in the Atherton Tablelands within a year, reports The Guardian.

During the construction phase, the project is expected to create 155 jobs.

The project would feature 63 turbines, each of which is expected to have a capacity of 3MW.

With a projected capacity of 189MW, the wind farm is likely to produce about 650GWh of renewable energy annually which will be enough to cater to the power requirements of around 75,000 local households.

According to Leichhardt Member of Parliament Warren Entsch, the renewable power station can supply cheaper and more efficient power compared to power sourced from distant coal-powered plants.

The project is expected to contribute close to A$188m for the Australian economy, of which 60% is likely to be invested directly in Far North Queensland, reports SeeNews Renewables.


Image: The Mt Emerald wind farm would feature 63 turbines, each of which is expected to have a capacity of 3MW. Photo: courtesy of prozac1 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.