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A new $350 million wind farm has won State approval, 20km west of Biloela in Central Queensland.

The State Government says Lacour Energy’s Banana Range project will create up to 150 construction jobs.

Planning Minister Cameron Dick said the new wind farm would boost the total capacity of wind generation approved by the Queensland Government to 2240 megawatts, enough to power over one million homes.

The site would include 50 turbines, he said.

Lacour Energy director James Townsend said the wind farm was in an area of excellent wind resources and an existing high voltage 132-kilovolt transmission line would connect the wind farm to the power network.

“The onsite powerline and excellent wind resource mean that the project can supply competitively priced electricity,” Mr Townsend said.

“The area is known for its strong nighttime winds which is when the wind farm will produce the most energy, and this means the project is very complementary to the daytime energy from rooftop solar and the solar farms that have recently been built in Queensland.

“We estimate there will be an injection of $30-40 million into the regional economy during the construction through the employment of local contractors and service providers.

“In addition to the construction of the wind farm, we are also going to provide $100,000 each year to support projects or initiatives in nearby communities through a community benefits fund.”

Construction will begin in 2020 and is expected to take about 24 months to complete.

The project is being undertaken by Orange Creek Energy, a subsidiary renewable energy company of Lacour Energy, based in Brisbane.

Green light for $350m CQ wind farm