Renewable Energy Projects
The Queensland Government’s ambition of having 50 per cent of the State’s electricity generation coming from renewable sources by 2030 and the location of the Powerlink distribution system have combined to sharpen the focus of renewable energy generators on the Rockhampton Region.
This is supported by Stanwell Corporation’s interest in developing a hydrogen industry in Gladstone which needs large amounts of renewable energy generated in Central Queensland to produce “green hydrogen”.
At least four wind generators together with a pair of solar generators plus up to four battery operators are looking at developing projects west of Rockhampton. Convenient access to the Powerlink grid is one of the crucial requirements.
Renewable energy projects proposed for the Rockhampton Region include:
- Moah Creek Renewable Energy Project;
- Boulder Creek Wind Farm;
- Mt Hopeful Wind Farm;
- Wind farm west of Mt Morgan;
- Bouldercombe Solar Farm; and
- Bouldercombe Battery Storage.
Wind farms at Clarke Creek, Lotus Creek, Specimen Hill and Mt Rainbow together with a solar farm at Raglan adjoin the Rockhampton Region.
Renewable Energy Brochure(PDF, 12MB)
Moah Creek Renewable Energy Project
Proponent, Central Queensland Power, has entered into heads of agreement with 10 landholders and is presently completing a range of studies for this mixed wind/solar/battery project which will be located north of Kalapa and 30km west of Rockhampton.
At its maximum this project is expected to produce 500 megawatt (wind), 300 MW (solar) and 300 MW (battery).
Power produced by this project will enter the national electricity grid by way of the Stanwell sub-station.
Boulder Creek Wind Farm
Proponent Epuron is preparing to lodge a development application with Rockhampton Regional Council for its 61 turbine Boulder Creek Wind Farm which will be located between Westwood and Mt Morgan.
Technical studies are being completed and the proponent has entered into Cultural Heritage Management Agreements with the Gaangalu and Darunbal Peoples. The project expects to access the Powerlink transmission grid through a specifically constructed sub-station.
Epuron has also undertaken two sets of community information sessions in Westwood and Mt Morgan. The proposed wind farm will be serviced from Westwood.
The project is expected to generate 360 megawatts of electricity.
Mt Hopeful Wind Farm
French company Neoen has announced its interest in developing a wind farm at Mt Hopeful in the Dee Range, south-west of the Rockhampton Region television transmission towers. Part of the area for this project is located in the Rockhampton Region with the balance being in the Banana Shire.
The proponent has developed plans for 116 turbines, but the number may whittle away as supporting studies are completed. It has also included battery storage in its project.
The project expects to access the Bouldercombe-Calliope River transmission line by way of a purpose built project sub-station.
Neoen expects to be in a position to lodge a development application in May 2021. It hopes to undertake a number of community consultation activities prior to lodging its development application.
Wind farm west of Mt Morgan
An unknown proponent is looking at developing a wind farm to the west of Mt Morgan and to the east of the Boulder Creek Wind Farm. This project has not yet been discussed with Council.
Bouldercombe Solar Farm
Development approval has been granted by the Rockhampton Regional Council to Eco-Energy World for the proposed Bouldercombe Solar Farm beside Powerlink’s Bouldercombe sub-station, 20km south-west of Rockhampton.
The 280 megawatt project is expected to include up to 900,000 solar modules.
The project, which has been on hold while some ownership issues have been resolved, has now leapt into life following acquisition by Italian company Enel Green Power which currently undertaking geotech investigations.
Energy generated by the project, which is expect to start by mid-2023, will link into the national grid through the adjoining sub-station.
Bouldercombe Battery Storage
Genex Power lodged a development application with Rockhampton Regional Council in January 2021 to develop a large-scale battery storage system at Powerlink’s Bouldercombe sub-station, 20km south-west of Rockhampton.
The facility will take electricity from the national electricity grid at times of low demand and feed it back into the grid at times of higher demand.
This will be the first time such a battery storage has been proposed for Queensland.
Adjoining renewable energy projects
The 195 turbine Clarke Creek Wind Farm, of which Lacour Energy and Goldwind Australia are the joint proponents, is equidistant between Rockhampton and Mackay. Goldwin Australia has been actively trying to sell its share of this project prior to the start of construction. The project is located in the Isaac Regional and Livingstone Shire Council areas.
This project has the necessary approvals and has sold three quarters of its output to Stanwell Corporation. Construction is expected to begin in mid-2021.
Epuron’s proposed 55 turbine Lotus Creek Wind Farm is immediately to the north of the Clark Creek Wind Farm in the Isaac Regional Council area.. The proponent is presently seeking approval from the Federal Department of Agriculture, Water & the Environment and it has been declared a ‘controlled action’.
Epuron has another generation point with the 60-80 turbine Specimen Hill Wind Farm, which is 110km south-west of Rockhampton in the Banana Shire. This project has been referred to the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment for review under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) and the Minister’s delegate has determined that the project is to be a ‘controlled action’.
Central Queensland Power has a second project with the Mt Rainbow Wind Farm, 110km south-west of Rockhampton in the Biloela area. This wind farm is expected to produce 250MW a year with the power joining the Powerlink grid through a new dedicated project sub-station.
British owned Eco Energy World is developing the Raglan Solar Farm and Battery Storage, a $500 million green hydrogen and solar PV development at Raglan Station. This plant is expected to produce 300MW of solar energy and include a 200MW hydrogen plant and 100MW battery storage.