PPA signed for part of 800-MW Clarke Creek wind project in Queensland

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August 25 (Renewables Now) - Queensland government-owned Stanwell Corp will buy most of the output of the first stage of the 800-MW Clarke Creek Wind Farm that will be built in the Aussie state.

The energy group has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the electricity coming from 348 MW of the project’s 450-MW first phase. The deal was announced on Tuesday by Goldwind Australia, which is developing the project together with Australia-based Lacour Energy.

The Clarke Creek Wind Farm will be located on the mountain range in the Isaac and Livingstone Shire council areas, with its first phase using 101 Goldwind turbines that will be interconnected through Powerlink’s high-voltage transmission network. Construction of this initial stage is expected to begin next year after the final steps in the development phase are completed, said Mark Rayner, director of Lacour Energy. Once up and running, the 450-MW power plant will be capable of producing electricity for about 320,000 Queensland homes.

The Clarke Creek wind farm project has been cleared by the state and federal governments and will consist of up to 195 Goldwind turbines totalling over 800 MW. It will be part of a bigger complex that will include between 200 MW and 400 MW of photovoltaic (PV) capacity and a battery storage facility. The overall investment required for the construction is estimated at over AUD 1.5 billion (USD 1.08bn/EUR 910.9m). 

(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.717/EUR 0.607)

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