The Coopers Gap wind farm project in Queensland has moved forward with the release of details for the scope of research into its environmental impact.

QLD State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the proponent, AGL Energy, would now examine the potential environmental, economic and social impacts associated with the $500 million wind farm, near Kingaroy.

Dr Lynham said, “This project has the potential to create up to 350 construction and 20 ongoing jobs, as well supply clean, green power to about 190,000 households.

“Importantly, AGL will identify its proposed mitigation and management strategies in its Environmental Impact Statement, and the community will have the opportunity to comment.”

AGL Energy Limited proposes to build and operate a wind farm that could potentially supply power to about 180,000 households from its installed capacity of 350MW and up to 115 wind turbines.

This would be equivalent of taking about 214,000 petrol cars off the road each year.

“This project, should it proceed, will assist in meeting the government’s election commitment to generate 50 per cent of Queensland’s power through renewable energy,” Dr Lynham said.

“Depending on the Coordinator-General’s evaluation, construction could start in late 2017 and take two and half years, making it operational by 2020.

“This project will help us towards our target of having 50 per cent of our energy from renewables by 2030.”

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