Construction has started on the largest wind farm to ever be built in Australia and one of the largest in the southern hemisphere.
The $2 billion MacIntyre Wind Precinct will be built by global renewable energy leader ACCIONA Energía, creating hundreds of jobs in regional Queensland.
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MacIntyre boasts 180 turbines that will produce 1,026MW of clean renewable wind energy using the world’s most efficient and advanced turbines from Germany. When complete, the precinct will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 700,000 homes each year.
“I believe MacIntyre is the start of a golden age of renewable energy in Australia. One that takes full advantage of our renewable resources with projects that help drive and develop our regional economies,” ACCIONA Energía managing director Brett Wickham said.
“MacIntyre is the largest project ACCIONA Energía has undertaken anywhere in the world and will be our flagship development for many years to come.”
“The precinct demonstrates that large scale renewable energy projects can create hundreds of jobs, bring in billions of new investment and create new economic foundations in regional towns.”
The precinct will create over 450 direct jobs during construction with an additional 220 jobs supported by Powerlink to build the transmission infrastructure. When in operation in 2024 the Precinct will directly employ 15 staff to maintain the site. Additionally, the precinct will also source $500 million in work from Queensland suppliers further fuelling regional businesses.
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The formal start of construction was commemorated by a sod turning ceremony that took place at the wind farm’s construction site 60km west of Warwick in the Southern Downs.
The MacIntyre Wind Precinct consists of two wind farms: the 18-turbine Karara Wind Farm owned and operated by Queensland State Owned Enterprise CleanCo and the 162-turbine MacIntyre Wind Farm that will be owned and operated by ACCIONA Energía.