Queensland Government owned CleanCo is partnering with Spanish renewable energy company ACCIONA to build a wind farm near Warwick that will eventually have capacity to power about 700,000 homes.

Construction of the 180-turbine MacIntyre Wind Farm Precinct, about 50km south-west of Warwick, is due to begin in mid-2021, with the facility expected to be fully operational in 2024.

The precinct is set to be one of the world’s largest onshore wind farms.

The partnership will see ACCIONA develop and own turbines producing 926MW of power, with a further 100MW to be produced by turbines built and owned by CleanCo.

CleanCo will also buy 400MW of new renewable energy annually from ACCIONA under a 10-year power purchase agreement.

The green energy generated by the project is expected to save almost 3 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually.

Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad said projects like the wind farm are vital to Queensland’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery.

‘For the next few months, the entire focus of the Queensland Government is on protecting Queenslanders’ health, Queensland jobs and Queensland businesses,’ Ms Trad said.

‘But when we move into the recovery phase, we need shovel-ready projects that will support more jobs in more industries, especially in regional Queensland.’

Announcing the project, the Queensland Government said that the new precinct would be progressively connected to the state’s energy grid from 2022, via 64km of new powerlines from the project to Millmerran.

Minister for Energy Dr Anthony Lynham said state-owned Powerlink has already commenced working on the connection of the project to the grid.

Developing the renewable energy industry and attracting foreign direct investment are priorities of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017-2021.

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