January 21 (Renewables Now) - The first meeting of the community consultative committee for the 800-MW Clarke Creek Wind Farm in Queensland, Australia, was held last week.
Community engagement manager at Chinese wind turbine maker Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology (HKG:2208), Clare Powell, said: "The committee will have an advisory and consultative role within the project’s delivery, particularly for the development and delivery of the community fund for the project."
The AUD-200,000 (USD 137,300/EUR 123,600) annual community fund will be launched when the construction of the wind farm begins, Powell added. Goldwind's partner on the project is Australia-based Lacour Energy.
Detailed pre-construction planning for the project is underway, according to the statement, after state and national approvals for the project were secured in 2018.
The Clarke Creek wind park will be part of a bigger wind, solar and battery project with a total construction cost of over AUD 1.5 billion. The wind park, located on the mountain range in the Isaac Shire and Livingstone Shire areas, will consist of 195 Goldwind turbines. In addition, the project will include 400 MW of photovoltaic (PV) capacity and a battery storage facility.
Once operational, the wind park will be the biggest in Australia, generating enough power to supply about 590,000 households in Queensland.
(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.686/EUR 0.618)