Grid connection deal signed for 1-GW wind precinct in Queensland
Acciona wind park.Image by Acciona (www.acciona.com)
March 17 (Renewables Now) - The 1-GW MacIntyre Wind Precinct, which will become Australia’s largest wind farm, has signed an agreement to be connected to the grid with Queensland’s publicly-owned transmission company Powerlink.
The project close to Warwick consists of two wind farms -- the 923-MW MacIntyre wind farm of Spanish developer Acciona Energia (BME:ANE) and the 102-MW Karara wind farm, which will be built, owned and operated by Queensland’s publicly owned clean energy firm CleanCo.
As part of the AUD-170-million (USD 123m/EUR 112m) connection agreement, announced today, Powerlink will build 65 kilometres (40 miles) of new transmission lines and two new switching stations.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the precinct will help the state reach its target of 50% renewable energy by 2030.
“The site has been selected because of its consistent winds, especially in the evening, and its proximity to existing transmission lines,” Palaszczuk noted.
Construction of the MacIntyre Wind Precinct is due to begin in the second quarter this year.
The MacIntyre wind farm will operate under a 10-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with CleanCo for 400 MW of the entire capacity. The plant will also supply electricity to Korea Zinc’s Australian subsidiary Sun Metals Corporation.