Coopers Gap wind farm could be operational by 2020

Queensland’s largest wind farm could be up and running in less than four years.

AGL Energy’s proposed $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.

The wind farm could potentially supply power to around 180,000 households from its installed capacity of 350MW.

Last month, the wind farm was declared a coordinated project, and community consultation on the draft terms of reference for an environmental impact statement is currently underway.

Under the plans, up to 115 turbines would be built across 11 properties, with project manager Neil Cooke saying most of the feedback has been positive. However, some community members have noted concerns about noise pollution.

“We’re in the process of organising a second trip down to our wind farms in Victoria so people can actually get to see wind farms close up,” Mr Cooke said.