Windlab has received an environmental permit for its 400MW Gawara Baya wind project in Queensland, Australia.

The approval was announced by Australia Minister for the Environment and Water Tanya Plibersek.

She stated that it was given after a rigorous assessment process.

The approval includes specific conditions aimed at minimising environmental impacts, such as clearance limits and restricted hours of operation during the construction phase.

Windlab is required to submit detailed environmental management plans outlining mitigation strategies.

The Gawara Baya project, which is expected to offer substantial environmental benefits, has been evaluated under Australia’s Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

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The 400MW wind project will generate enough clean energy to meet the needs of 240,000 Australian homes and offset 1.2 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually.

Situated on a cattle farm in Gugu Badhun [a First Nation] Country, 70km from Ingham in North Queensland, Gawara Baya is strategically positioned near an existing electricity transmission network.

With the capability to be developed responsibly, connected to the grid using existing infrastructure and operational within the next four years, Gawara Baya will be a crucial solution to the projected shortage of renewable energy supply by 2025.

In November 2022, Windlab partnered with Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) for a  Super Hub that could generate more than 10GW of wind and solar power in Queensland.

FFI aimed to capitalise on Windlab’s ten years of experience in the area, which included creating and managing Kennedy Energy Park, the first hybrid wind, solar and battery storage facility in the world, close to Hughenden.