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Ground broken on $3 billion, Forrest-backed renewable project

July 06, 2022

Renew Economy

Construction has commenced at what could become Australia’s largest renewable energy project, with works starting on the first stage of the $3 billion, Andrew Forrest-backed, Clarke Creek renewable energy precinct.

On Wednesday, a ground-breaking ceremony formally launched construction for the 450MW first stage, which will involve the construction of 100 wind turbines, and is on track to become Queensland’s second largest wind farm.

The project is being developed by Andrew Forrest’s Squadron Energy venture and will supply around three-quarters of its output to the Queensland government-owned Stanwell Corporation under a 15-year power purchase agreement.

Forrest’s vision for the full Clarke Creek project will include the addition of solar and energy storage capacity – all clustered around a 76,300-hectare site located 150-kilometres north-west of Rockhampton.

Forrest says the project will represent a significant step towards the decarbonisation of Australia’s electricity system

“We will deliver affordable energy for Australian families and industry without destroying the environment like carbon emitting fuels do,” Forrest said.

“When fully operational, Clarke Creek will displace enormous amounts of carbon each year by harnessing the renewable energy of the wind and sun to power our homes and commercial premises, providing cheaper energy without the hidden costs associated with coal-fired power stations.”

[Michael Mazengarb]

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