Australian electricity distributor Ergon Energy and the Government of Queensland have reached an agreement for supplying wind energy in the state.

Ergon will increase the amount of renewable energy it sources for customers in the state through an agreement with Mount Emerald Wind Farm.

The agreement has been signed for a period of 12 and a half years.

With the addition of Mount Emerald Wind Farm, Ergon Energy will add another 170MW to the mix. The company is already the largest buyer of renewable energy produced in Queensland through power purchase agreements (PPAs).

"The energy company has secured 170MW of renewable energy for the Australian state."

Queensland’s Mount Emerald Wind Farm has been selected from a total of 22 proposals submitted to the expression of interest (EOI) for renewable energy project developments.

Through this agreement, the 170MW of renewable energy for the Australian state is added to the PPA that Ergon Energy Retail signed with the 5MW solar plant in Normanton earlier this year.

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The company said the partnerships with new renewable energy projects will help it meet its renewable energy requirements, as well as generating additional job opportunities for the state through construction and operation.

Currently, Ergon Energy is working with several proponents for the connection of large-scale renewable projects to the grid.

Image: Ergon Energy to supply 170MW of wind energy to Queensland. Photo: courtesy of Ergon.