AGL Coopers Gap Wind Farm EIS accepted

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AGL Energy has announced the Queensland Office of the Coordinator-General has accepted the Coopers Gap Wind Farm Environmental Impact Statement as final.

The $500 million Coopers Gap wind farm would be constructed at Cooranga North, about 200km north-west of Brisbane in the state’s South Burnett region.

It is proposed to have a capacity of approximately 400MW, which would produce around 1100GWh of renewable energy, powering more than 190,000 average Australian homes.AGL Coopers Gap Wind Farm project manager Evan Carless said it was a very encouraging milestone for the project.

“The project is moving along well. From here the OCG will evaluate the EIS and provide a final determination, which is anticipated in March 2017,” Mr Carless said.

“There is still a way to go, but having the OCG accept our EIS, which took into consideration noise and potential economic benefits, is another step forward for the project.

“Continually consulting with the community throughout the process is a priority and a fundamental element to the success of the project.”

It is hoped the Coopers Gap Wind Farm will be the next greenfield renewable development offered to the Powering Australian Renewables Fund.

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