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CleanCo cracks 1 gigawatt with Dulacca wind farm deal

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CleanCo will help underwrite the development of a 43-turbine wind farm at Dulacca, in the Western Downs, through a power purchasing agreement.

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The project is expected to create 150 jobs in construction and a handful more in operation. The capital cost was not revealed.

The Government-owned CleanCo struck a deal with the new owners of the project, Octopus Australia, for the offtake deal which will mean the GOC has committed to a total of 1 gigawatt of power and it is nearing its 1.4 gigawatt mandate.

The wind farm will have a 180 megawatt capacity.

CleanCo has committed take 70 percent or 126MW from the Dulacca Wind Farm, adding to the 980MW of renewable energy it has already committed to bring to market over the next three years.

Energy Minister Mick De Brenni said the project would be able to power more than 120,000 Queensland homes.

The Dulacca Wind Farm will be owned by Octopus Australia, one of the largest owners of renewable energy projects in Australia and RES, the world’s largest independent renewable energy company, will support the delivery of the project.

CleanCo chief executive Dr Maia Schweizer said the wind energy generated by the Dulacca Renewable Energy Project would complement CleanCo’s growing portfolio of renewable energy generation.

“CleanCo’s generation portfolio enables us to offer uniquely low-emissions energy to our large commercial and industrial customers,”  Schweizer said.

“Power purchase agreements like this one mean we can offer competitively priced energy contracts supported by renewables and our fleet of low-emissions firming generation, guaranteeing supply day and night.                                           

“The benefits of these agreements are far-reaching – our customers meet their sustainability targets at a competitive cost, helping them to remain relevant in a decarbonising world, and in turn we help Queensland meet our State emissions targets.”

The Dulacca wind farm will take two years to develop and will bring more than $400 million in regional economic activity.

 

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