The Wambo Wind Farm (Project) is a proposed wind energy development located near Jandowae, in the Western Downs region of Queensland. The Project will deliver renewable energy to the national electricity grid and contribute to the Queensland Government’s renewable energy generation target of 50% by 2030, helping the State transition to a low carbon emissions future.
When fully operational, the Wambo Wind Farm will produce enough clean energy to power approximately 170,500 houses annually, and prevent the emission of more than 1.1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year.
At a glance
Wambo Wind Farm
Western Down region of Queensland
~200MW in stage 1
Number of turbines
~35 in stage 1, with capacity to increase in the future based on feasibility studies
up to 200 during construction, up to 20 maintenance and operation
Reduced and/or avoided emissions
~1.1 million tonnes CO2-e per year
Equivalent homes powered annually
~170,500 homes when fully operational
About the project
The Wambo Wind Farm is a proposed renewable energy development located in the western downs region of Queensland. The Project will be constructed in stages, with the first stage consisting of approximately 35 turbines. The second stage of the project is contingent upon grid availability and feasibility studies.
Stage 1 of the Project would deliver circa 200MW of renewable wind energy to the national electricity grid, and contribute to the Qld Government’s renewable energy generation target of 50% by 2030. Stage 2 of the project is contingent on the outcome of feasibility studies and could see up to an additional 300MW of renewable energy being generated by the Wambo Wind Farm. This is enough clean energy to power approximately 170,500 houses annually, and prevent the emission of more than 1.1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year.
The Project is located near the Bunya Mountains region of Queensland – approximately 200 kilometres North West of Brisbane. The area has been identified for its excellent wind resources and attractive grid connectivity.
The Project will employ around 200 people during construction, and in the long term, up to 20 maintenance and operational staff. A focus of the Project will be to secure local labour and materials.
When operational, the Project will contribute to the community in a targeted and meaningful way through a community benefit fund.
The Wambo Wind Farm welcomes the opportunity to work with residents and the community to address project concerns.
Stage 1 would deliver circa
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Stage 2 could see up to an additional
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Enough energy to power
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The Wambo Wind Farm team is currently undertaking the environmental and planning assessment activities for the Project, for submission to the Queensland government, applying for development approval for the Project. We are looking at a range of considerations including environmental impacts, visual impacts, cultural heritage, noise, traffic, construction and operation impacts. The development application is expected to be submitted to the State government in late 2020.
The Project is subject to appropriate State government planning controls and assessment criteria. The development application will be assessed against State code 23: Wind farm development of the State Development Assessment Provisions.
A wind monitoring campaign to confirm the wind resource potential in the area
Environmental and planning assessment expected to be submitted
Development approval issued
Construction expected to start, subject to approvals
Wind farm operation expected to begin
About the developers
The Wambo Wind Farm was conceived and explored by Renewable Energy Partners (REP) in mid-2018. Throughout late 2018 and 2019, REP secured a number of landowners to participate in the Project. REP and Cubico Sustainable Investments agreed in mid 2019 to co-develop the Project, with the intent that Cubico will be the long-term owner and operator of the Wambo Wind Farm.
Renewable Energy Partners
REP brings together a team of highly motivated professionals with over 80 years of combined experience to originate and develop large-scale renewable energy projects in Australia. Other current REP projects include the 250MW Western Downs Solar Farm, the 400MW Eungella Wind Farm and the 1GW+/7GWhr+ Urannah Pumped Hydroelectric Scheme. REP also have a number of other renewable energy projects totaling over 2GW of generation in various stages of development.
Cubico Sustainable Investments
Founded in May 2015, Cubico Sustainable Investments is a major investor in the renewable energy sector. The company is backed by the resources of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Canada’s largest single-profession pension plan, and PSP Investments, one of Canada’s largest pension investment managers. Cubico’s global portfolio in eleven countries has an installed gross capacity of approximately 3.3 GW. Cubico is headquartered in London and has offices in Uxbridge (UK), São Paulo (Brazil), Fortaleza (Brazil), Milan (Italy), Stamford (US), Mexico City (Mexico), Madrid (Spain), Lyon (France), Sydney and Melbourne (Australia), Montevideo (Uruguay) and Bogotá (Colombia).
Project updates will follow soon, watch this space.
Frequently Asked Questions
How big is the project?
Construction will be completed in stages, with the first stage of the project comprising up to 35 wind turbines. The second phase of the project is contingent upon feasibility studies.
How will the project be assessed?
The proposed project is subject to appropriate State government planning controls and assessment criteria. The development application (DA) will be assessed against State code 23: Wind farm development of the State Development Assessment Provisions.
Will the project have an impact on flora and fauna?
Wind farms are subject to an environmental and planning assessment to ensure that their potential impact on the surroundings, including fauna and flora, is carefully considered. The project design will aim to avoid or minimise impacts on the environment.
What is the expected lifetime of the project?
Wind farms are expected to have an operating life of around 30 years, during which time they are carefully managed and maintained. When wind turbines are decommissioned, the wind farm owner is responsible for remediating the land.
How many local jobs will be created?
As part of our commitment to the local community, the Wambo Wind Farm will be emphasising the use of local labour and materials wherever possible. The Project will employ:
– up to 200 new jobs during construction
– up to 20 ongoing operation and maintenance jobs during operations
How can I register my local business?
The Project intends to work with the Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprises to assist in the engagement with the local business community to provide opportunities for them to work on the Project, particularly during the construction and operation phases of the Project.
How do wind turbines work?
Wind turbines capture wind energy within the area swept by their blades. The spinning blades drive a generator that produces electricity for export to the national grid.
Technological advances in the renewables sector means wind turbines are now larger, more efficient and make use of intelligent technology. Rotor diameters and hub heights have increased to capture more energy per turbine. The advances in technology mean that fewer turbines are needed to produce the same amount of energy and wind farms are utilising increasingly sophisticated adaptive capability.
Along with large-scale solar, wind energy is one of Australia’s main sources of renewable energy, generating enough electricity to meet over 7% of the nation’s total electricity demand.
What are the local community benefits?
The Wambo Wind Farm is committed to supporting the local community. We were looking forward to being the major sponsor of the now cancelled 2020 Jandowae Cup race day and as we move forward, we are looking to formalise our community benefits structure with input from local stakeholders. The Project will have a range of community benefits, including:
– significant investment in regional Queensland and renewable energy to assist the Queensland government in reaching its target of 50% renewable energy generation by 2030
– opportunities for local businesses, with particular focus on Jandowae and nearby areas
– Once operational, the Project will also contribute to the community in a targeted and meaningful way, through a community benefit fund
– A reduction in CO2 emissions would reduce the impact of climate change, which is predicted to bring longer and deeper periods of drought.
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