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About Mt Emerald Wind Farm

The Mount Emerald Wind Farm is located on private land on a plateau between the landmarks of Mount Emerald and Walsh’s Bluff in the Arriga/Springmount area.  The site is approximately ½ way between Mareeba and Atherton, 5km west of the town of Walkamin.

The project comprises 53 wind turbines with a nameplate capacity of 180MW. 

The site uses a mix of two types of turbines;

· 37 x Vestas V117 3.45MW turbines with a hub height of 90m and rotor diameter of 117m

· 16 x Vestas V112 3.3MW turbines with a hub height of 84m and rotor diameter of 112m

An agreement for the purchase of all the electricity generated by the wind farm and the associated green products through to the end of 2030, was signed by executives of ERGON Energy and Mount Emerald on the 27th May 2016.  

Connection to the national electricity network was made via a dedicated switchyard constructed on the project site in August 2018.

Following a brief commissioning period it is expected the wind farm will be fully operational in November 2018.

For a more detailed look at the Mount Emerald wind farm a visit to the projects own website is encouraged where more information

on the planning, environmental and technical aspects of the project is available.  www.mtemeraldwindfarm.com.au

If you have any questions or requests for additional information, please email to: info@mtemeraldwindfarm.com.au

 

Approvals

 The Mount Emerald wind farm was subject to two key approval processes.

1.       Development Application Approval – DA approval for the project was provided by the Queensland State Minister for Transport, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Trade on the 24th April 2015.  Mount Emerald wind farm worked closely with the state government and the local Mareeba Shire Council and Tablelands Regional Council throughout the approval process.

2.       Environmental (EPBC) Approval – EPBC Approval was issued by the Commonwealth Department of the Environment on the 26th November 2015.  Approval was achieved after extensive environmental assessments for the site and a dedicated Environmental Impact Statement was completed.

Documentation relating to both of these key applications can be found on the Mount Emerald wind farm website: www.mtemeraldwindfarm.com.au/the-project/

Both of these approvals contained a range of conditions required to be addressed before construction could commence, during the construction process and throughout the operation of the wind farm.

Documentation relating to the compliance with the conditions of approval can be found on the Mount Emerald wind farm website:www.mtemeraldwindfarm.com.au/compliance/

 

Community

RATCH Australia is committed to keeping the community as informed as possible about the wind farm. 

A Community Consultative Committee has been established with 10 local representatives chosen to act as conduits for the spread of information into the community.

Regular project newsletters and media releases have been issued to try and keep the community as up to date as possible about goings-on at the site. www.mtemeraldwindfarm.com.au/news/

Weekly construction updates are also available to give locals a snapshot the work being undertaken during the build of the wind farm.  www.mtemeraldwindfarm.com.au/construction/