Mount Emerald Wind Farm comprises 53 wind turbines and is located 5km west of Walkamin in Far North Queensland.
The wind farm is built on a plateau around 2km south of Mount Emerald and is forecast to generate an average of between 500 and 600 million KWh of safe, clean, renewable electricity every year for its 25-year operating life.
Two models of wind turbine are used at this site:
- 37 x 3.45MW capacity turbines measuring 148.5m to the tip of the blade
- 16 x 3.3MW capacity turbines with a total height to the blade tip of 140m
With an installed capacity of 180.5MW, Mount Emerald was Queensland’s largest wind farm when it began generating power in late 2018.
RATCH-Australia, the project’s developer, owner and operator, will contribute $200,000 every year of the wind farm’s working life to support good causes in the local area through the Community Benefit Fund.
We are fortunate to have a committed group of local representatives involved in the assessment and recommendation of worthy projects. Our Advisory Committee is comprised of locals from the Mareeba, Atherton and Tolga areas who guide the funding towards important community initiatives.
More information on the Community Benefit Fund, including how to apply for a grant, can be found here. We look forward to reading your ideas.
Local procurement has commenced, with: • Koppens and Mareeba Crane Hire constructing the concrete culvert to protect the irrigation channel during December 2016. • A new vehicle purchased from Mareeba Toyota, January 2017 • Contracting of the MBarBarrum Aboriginal Corporation to undertake Cultural Heritage surveys and assist with environmental surveys during the entire construction period.…
Project and Compliance Updates
Early works commenced February 14th on the transport depot laydown area at the base of the site. All pre-start UXO, Cultural Heritage and Environmental surveys have been conducted to verify the site is ‘ready to go’. Flagging of works area has occurred to limit the extent of clearing, in preparation for pad establishment. Letters of…