Federal tick for Clarke Creek

A Queensland wind energy project that promises to be one of the biggest in the country is one step closer to being built after clearing its final planning hurdle.

Project developers Lacour Energy say the 800MW Clarke Creek Wind Farm has secured environmental approval from the federal government, and it was preparing for construction to begin this year.

The $1 billion wind project, which will be delivered by Goldwind Australia, will be located around half way between Rockhampton and Mackay, in the Isaac regional council, adjacent to major transmission lines.

The 195 turbine project won state approval in June, and has also secured approval for the addition of 400MW of large-scale solar and a grid-scale battery system, which would boost costs to $1.5 billion.