We announced the first stage of developing the Northern QREZ with a commitment of $40 million for network upgrades to unlock up to 500 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy potential in Far North Queensland.
This investment will upgrade transmission lines between Cairns and Townsville to support new projects in the north, tapping into world-class wind resources in the region and improving the security of energy supply to Cairns.
Far North Queensland has some of the strongest wind and solar resources in Australia. In particular, wind is often blowing while solar farms are ramping down or not generating, helping to balance the system.
Kaban wind farm
The first Northern QREZ project is Neoen Australia’s 157 MW Kaban Green Power Hub wind farm worth over $370 million. The construction of the wind farm and transmission infrastructure is expected to support 250 near-term construction jobs, with hundreds of additional jobs in the long-term as the Northern QREZ is further developed.
The Kaban wind farm is backed by an offtake agreement with CleanCo Queensland to buy wind energy to supply some of Queensland’s largest businesses with reliable, globally competitive, low emissions energy.
The Kaban wind farm has already been engaging with local communities about their proposed development.
Early works commenced in May 2021.