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Massive Australian wind project gets federal environmental approval for 2019 groundbreaking

Renew Economy:

A Queensland wind energy project that promises to be one of the biggest in the country – and the biggest in that state, at least for a time – is one step closer to being built after clearing its final planning hurdle.

Project developers Lacour Energy said on Monday that the 800MW Clarke Creek Wind Farm had secured environmental approval from the federal government, and was preparing for construction to begin in 2019.

The $1 billion wind project, which will be delivered by Goldwind Australia, will be located around half way between Rockhampton and Mackay, in the Isaac regional council, adjacent to major transmission lines. The 195 turbine project won state approval in June, and has also secured approval for the addition of 400MW of large-scale solar and a grid-scale battery system, which would boost costs to $1.5 billion.

Director of Lacour Energy, Mark Rayner, said the plan was for the Clarke Creek Integrated Wind, Solar and Battery Power Station to be located at one of the strongest locations of the Queensland power system – with no grid extension required. Lacour said the wind farm, once complete, would generate enough electricity to power around 590,000 Queensland homes, and supply around 4 per cent of the state’s electricity.

The project, with its mix of wind, solar and storage, is also just the sort of project the Australian Energy Market Operator is hoping to see being developed in coal heavy states like Queensland and New South Wales, as the shift to renewables accelerates.

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