The Government of Queensland in Australia has granted approval to French renewable energy company Neoen for the development of an A$300m ($227m) green power hub at Kaban 80km south-west of Cairns.
The green power hub project will see the installation of 29 turbines as well as the construction of a substation and a battery storage facility.
Each turbine will have the capacity to generate an electrical output of up to 5.5MW, with the total generation capacity expected to be up to 160MW.
During the construction period, the project is expected to create nearly 150 employment opportunities in the region.
Queensland Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said: “The green power hub, which will incorporate the wind farm, is a $300m ($227m) project, planned to operate for at least 30 years and generate enough power to supply 57,000 homes.
“The Queensland government welcomes private sector investment of this kind in support of the state’s renewable energy policy.”
Queensland Minister for Energy Anthony Lynham said that the project will complement more than 24 large-scale projects that were currently committed or under construction throughout the state, including the A$200m ($151m) Lakeland wind farm.
Lynham further added: “Our 50% renewable energy generation target by 2030 has boosted the level of renewable energy investment, bringing significant projects to regions right across the state.
“This is yet another project to join our A$4.3bn ($3.2bn) pipeline of renewable energy projects underway or financially committed.”