Wind farm jobs opportunity to mature by year’s end
Neoen Energy would build the Kaban Green Power Hub near Ravenshoe, 80 kilometres south-west of Cairns now that CleanCo had agreed to buy 110 MW of the wind farm’s output, said Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham.
“Queensland has an economic plan for post-COVID recovery and affordable, reliable energy supply underpins that plan,” Dr Lynham said.
“That plan includes supporting emerging industries like renewable energy because that supports jobs.”
“This project is proceeding because the power purchase agreement with CleanCo has given Neoen certainty.”
This 157 MW wind farm will mean 150 construction jobs as well as revenue for local farmers hosting the turbines, said Member for Barron River Craig Crawford.
The agreement underscored the deepening involvement in the state’s clean energy transition, said Neoen Australia’s managing director Louis de Sambucy
“We are proud to be supporting Queensland’s progress towards its ambitious target of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030, “ Mr Sambucy said.
The project will also provide diversified revenue to local farmers hosting the turbines and will see Neoen establish an annual $50,000 Community Benefit Fund for local community-building initiatives over the duration of the project’s life.
First generation is expected in 2023 and the project will generate enough energy to power about 95,900 Queensland homes.