A large renewable energy facility

A 1,026-MW wind power complex in Queensland (Australia), planned by 2024

With a total investment of AU$1.96 billion, the 1,026MW MacIntyre Wind Farm Precinct will be ACCIONA Energía’s biggest renewable energy facility and one of the largest onshore wind farms in the world. Developed in partnership with CleanCo, the Queensland Government’s newest renewable energy generator, the wind farm is expected to be operational in 2024.

 

The MacIntyre Wind Farm will be constructed on land predominately used for sheep farming. Current farming practices will continue during the construction and operations phases of the wind farm. The site has been selected due to its exposure to consistent winds across this part of the country and provides a suitable resource for the development of a wind farm.

 

By greening Queensland's electricity mix, the MacIntyre wind complex will help the state meet its decarbonisation commitments and climate change mitigation strategies. The scale of the MacIntyre project makes it one of the largest onshore wind farms in the world today.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Location: South-West of Warwick, Queensland, Australia
  • Capacity: 1,026 MW
  • Wind turbine: Nordex Delta 4000-N163/5.7
  • Completion date: 2024
  • Owner: ACCIONA Energía (923.4 MW) and CleanCo (102.6 MW)
  • Project configuration: 180x5.7 MW turbines
  • Tip Height: up to 230 metres

KEY POINTS

  • Total investment of AU$1.96 billion (€1 billion)
  • Boosting Queensland government's decarbonisation strategy
  • Scheduled to begin construction in 2022 and become fully operational in 2024
  • Result in the establishment of a Community Enhancement Program to strategically deliver added value to the local regional over the life cycle of the project
  • Provide significant economic activity across the Goondiwindi, Southern Downs and Toowoomba Regional Council areas
  • Local spend during construction is expected to exceed AU$500 million

GET INVOLVED

Visit our online community hub, where you can ask questions and give us feedback about the project.

Key Figures

1,026

MEGAWATTS (MW) CAPACITY

700,000

EQUIVALENT HOUSEHOLDS

180

LATEST TECHNOLOGY WIND TURBINES

3

MILLION TONS OF CO2 AVOIDED

400

NEW JOBS

6th

WIND FARM IN AUSTRALIA

Planning Assessment Report & State Approval Documentation

To view ACCIONA Energía's planning documentation relating to the MacIntyre Wind Farm Precinct, please visit the Queensland Government's Planning website here. Please enter the search code: 2010-19438 SDA to view all documentation. 

4G Telstra Tower

This will mitigate the connectivity issue the local landholders are facing. This will be a 2-year project however the outcome will be limitless for the lives and businesses it will improve.

University of Southern Queensland 

Scholarship partnership between ACCIONA Energía and the university. This scholarship has provided $100,000 over 3 years (2021 – 2023). 6 local students have been granted this support for their studies so far and this will continue annually until the funds have ceased with an average of another 6/7 years.

Queensland Farmers Federation Partnership 

EnergySQ program will run over 2 years to assist farmers in the Goondiwindi and Southern Downs Council areas to understand and manage on-farm energy consumption and identify ways to reduce energy spend.

Connection Plus

This hub which will be located at the SDIEA facility creates opportunities where local community groups, businesses, interested investment parties and producers can connect innovate and thrive through this facility that provides a range of programmes, events and engagement opportunities acting as a springboard to strengthen the local economy, industry and community.

Karara Community Hall 

Like many rural towns in Australia presently, Karara (near our MacIntyre Wind Farm) is in drought and is experiencing a severe water shortage, so much so that local residents have been purchasing water to feed their stock and meet their domestic needs. We provided funds through our sponsorship program to install a water bore, pump and tank system, which is already assisting community members and visitors in times of crisis and emergency e.g. bush fires and drought. We also supported to upgrade and repair the community hall.

Protecting vulnerable species - Macrozamia Conferta

ACCIONA Energía has a commitment to sustainability on the #MacIntyreWindFarm, and the translocation project of the vulnerable Macrozamia Conferta species is one example of how we protect the biodiversity in the area. The project has contributed research to the University of Queensland, helping scientists to better understand the species.

Our community engagement initiatives

LOCAL COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE

CEC MemberLocationEmail

Bruce McLeish, Chair

Karara

David Bartlett

Gore

Trudi Bartlett

Toowoomba

Lloyd Hilton

Karara

Susie Kelly

Goondiwindi

Graham Parker

Stanthorpe

Joel Richters

Goondiwindi

joelrichters@me.com

Liz Bourne

Stanthorpe

The MacIntyre CEC provides a forum for open dialogue between the company and representatives of the local community; and stakeholder groups on issues and opportunities directly relating to the wind farm project. The role of the committee member is voluntary and provides an opportunity for communication about the MacIntyre Wind Farm. If you would like to raise any matters with a CEC member, please contact one of the members listed.

Our Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

There are many roles that will be available through all stages of the project – from the planning, through to construction and operations phases.

Our employment section is the best place to look for specific vacancies as they become available. If you don’t see a suitable vacancy to apply at this time, we encourage you to upload your CV.

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