Construction has begun on Australia’s largest wind farm, with Queensland Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham officially turning the first sod on Adani’s $850 million Coopers Gap Wind Farm project, funded by the Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF).

AGL Energy General Manager of Power Development Dave Johnson explained that more than 200 jobs would be created once the project reaches the peak of construction.

“It is great to have Minister Lynham in the heart of the Coopers Gap community, to celebrate the benefits of this momentous project,” said Dave.

“AGL, together with PARF, is excited about the works and we will be working closely with the GE – Catcon consortium to ensure a successful project outcome for all stakeholders.”

According to Johnson, 20 people will be employed for the construction of the wind farm once it becomes operational. He further explains that due to this, it will allow the local community to receive continual employment benefits after the construction is completed.

Because Coopers Gap Wind Farm holds 453 megawatts (MW), the wind farm will be able to produce around 1,510,000 MW hours of renewable energy annually.

That is the equivalent of powering more than 260,000 average Australians homes, reducing CO2 gas emissions by 1,180,000 tonnes annually.

Currently, approximately 1000 MW of large-scale renewable energy products are planned by PARF to be developed. It has also been decided that the products will be managed by AGL, who is also in partnership with the Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC).

PARF’s developments represents 20 per cent of the estimated 5000 MW of new renewable generation capacity required by 2020 to meet the Federal Government‘s Renewable Energy Target.

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