The Queensland government in Australia has started construction on the 252MW Wambo wind farm.
The project, which is situated in the Western Downs region, was officially launched by Queensland’s Minister for Energy, Renewables, and Hydrogen, Mick de Brenni, in the presence of representatives from Cubico Sustainable Investments and Stanwell. Wambo wind farm is a joint venture between the two companies.
The wind farm will be equipped with 42 wind turbines, and the project supports the state government’s target of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030. It has received financial support of $128.6 million from the state government’s renewable energy and hydrogen jobs fund for Stanwell’s 50 per cent share in the project. Queensland anticipates that the project and the grid connection works will create 450 jobs.
In December 2022, Neoen SA signed a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for a 215 MW component of its 330 MW Mount Hopeful wind farm in Australia’s central Queensland. In order to be able to provide renewable energy to its commercial and industrial customers, Stanwell Corp., a company owned by the Queensland government, agreed to a deal whereby it would purchase 65 per cent of the wind farm’s generation. The wind power plant’s construction is scheduled to begin in the second half of 2023, with first power being anticipated in 2026.