October 14 (Renewables Now) - The Queensland government announced Sunday it had given the green light to the Banana Range wind farm project that will add some 180 MW of capacity to the Australian north-eastern state and may also include large-scale battery storage.
The Banana Range project will lift the Queensland government-approved wind power capacity to 2,240 MW, minister for planning Cameron Dick said in a statement.
The AUD-350-million (USD 236.8m/EUR 214.6m), 50-turbine project is promoted by Australian renewables developer Lacour Energy, which will build the park through its unit Orange Creek Energy Pty Ltd.
The Banana Range wind farm is to be located in Central Queensland, west of Biloela, at a site with an existing high-voltage 132-kV transmission line running through it. The area also boasts strong winds at night-time, which will complement daytime solar power production, Lacour Energy added.
Construction is slated to begin in 2020 and be completed in about 24 months. Once in full operation, the Banana Range wind farm will be capable of powering some 120,000 households.
(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.68/EUR 0.61)