Queensland government green-lights 180MW of wind, solar and storage


The state government for the Australian state of Queensland has approved plans for the Banana Range wind farm project that will add some 180MW of capacity to the Australian north-eastern state with the possible inclusion of large-scale battery storage.

The Banana Range project will lift the Queensland government-approved wind power capacity to 2,240MW, according to a statement from Minister for Planning Cameron Dick.

The AU$350 million (US$236.8 million) 50-turbine project is being promoted by local renewables developer Lacour Energy, which will build the park through its Orange Creek Energy Pty Ltd subsidiary.

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The facility is to be located in Central Queensland, west of Biloela, with the site already intersected with an existing high-voltage 132-kV transmission line. Production rates look positive as the area boasts strong winds at night-time, and will complement daytime solar power production according to Lacour Energy.

Construction is set to commence in 2020 for completion approximately 24 months later. Once in operational, Banana Range will have a capacity sufficient to power 120,000 households.