Construction work for the $560 million worth wind farm is expected to begin in 2011 at Mt Emerald in Queensland, Australia. This 220 MW project will be located in the southwest of Mareeba. The farm will feature nearly 80 wind turbines.
The project includes construction of the Asia Pacific Energy Innovation Centre. The center worth $12 million will be built close to the wind farm.
A wind farm that will generate enough power to supply the Tableland and 60 per cent of Cairns will be built at Mt Emerald, near Mareeba
Tableland property developer Port Bajool and Transfield Services, a wind farm service provider, will jointly apply for the new wind farm development.
Port Bajool’s Wendy Morris says that the new development will be one of the significant projects. Mayor Tom Gilmore also comments that the 220 MW wind installation will be a large construction project in the Tableland region. The wind farm will generate sufficient green power for the Tableland residents as well as for 60% of Cairns City residents.
According to a survey by The Weekend Post, Emerald Creek residents support the plans for a new wind farm construction.
Port Bajool plans for a meeting with Tableland residents before submitting the 220 MW wind farm development application to the Regional Council.