With a total investment of AU$1.96 billion (€1 billion), the 1,026MW- MacIntyre complex will be ACCIONA’s biggest renewable energy facility and one of the largest onshore wind farms in the world. Located in Australia and developed in partnership with CleanCo, the Queensland Government’s newest renewable energy generator, the huge wind farm is expected to enter service in 2024.
ACCIONA reached an agreement [nota de prensa] with CleanCo, the Queensland Government’s newest renewable energy generator, for it to become the independent owner and operator of a 100MW wind farm within the MacIntyre complex. In addition, CleanCo will acquire the annual production of 400MW from ACCIONA's facilities for ten years through a power purchase agreement (PPA).
The project is scheduled to begin construction in mid-2021, with a gradual start-up in phases to ensure connection to the grid for the state's electricity system, while optimizing the return on investment. Some 64 km of transmission lines will be laid to connect the wind complex to the grid. The entire MacIntyre complex is scheduled to be fully operational in 2024.
MacIntyre's 1,026MW capacity will generate clean electricity to power about 700,000 homes and avoid the emission of nearly 3 million tons of CO2 per year. 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.
The complex will consist of 180 Nordex Group’s Delta4000 turbines, each with a capacity of up to 5.7MW, which are the latest generation of turbines launched by the company in which ACCIONA is the main shareholder.