21st July 2016 -

Preferred contractors announced for Mount Emerald Wind Farm.

Construction of the $360 million Mount Emerald Wind Farm near Mareeba remains on track for a December start after Mount Emerald Wind Farm developer Ratch Australia Corporation announced today that it had selected its preferred contractors for the project.

Subject to completion of the necessary contracting agreements and project financing arrangements, construction of the project would be undertaken by preferred contractors Vestas and Downer Group. Vestas is the global leader in wind energy technology and service solutions, and Downer is a leading Australian engineering and construction company with substantial experience in wind farm project delivery. Long term operations and maintenance services for the project would be carried out by Vestas.

For more info see Principal Contractors.

11th July 2016 -

RATCH-Australia is calling for nominations for the Mt Emerald Wind Farm Community Consultative Committee (CCC).

For more info see Community Committee.

26th May 2016 -

On the 26th May 2016, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, announced in
parliament that ERGON Energy has offered to purchase the full output of the Mount Emerald wind farm under a power purchase agreement.

The agreement was signed by executives of ERGON Energy and Mount Emerald on the 27th May 2016.

This agreement includes the purchase of all of the electricity and green energy certificates produced by the wind farm through to the end of 2030.

This is a major milestone for the project as the power purchase agreement provides the revenue stream which underpins the financial case for the project.




The Port Bajool and Ratch Australia partnership propose to build the Mt Emerald Wind Farm on private land on the plateau adjacent to the Mt Emerald/ Springmount area. Map Approx ½ way between Mareeba and Atherton. 5km west of Walkamin.


It is proposed to build 63 wind turbines generating up to 189MW of power from this site.

Towers will be approx 80-90 m high with approximately 50m blades, utilising 3 MW machines.

Mt Emerald Wind Farm partners, Ratch Australia and Port Bajool, have created this site to answer many of the questions that are raised by the communities in which wind farms are proposed and operated.

Under each of the headings are a series of questions answered with the latest local, national and international information available, including summaries of results of EIS studies that have been conducted specific to the site.

Actual reports of the EIS and other more technical information relative to the project is available at: www.ratchaustralia.com/

This site will be updated regularly as the new information becomes available. If you have any questions or requests for additional information, please use our contact form here.


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