Coopers Gap Wind Farm – which will be one of Australia's largest wind farms upon completion in 2020 – is a great example of AGL's commitment to building a sustainable energy future for all Australians.

The second greenfield project developed by the Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF), the Coopers Gap Wind Farm will have a capacity of 453 MW and produce around 1,510,000 MWh of renewable energy – powering approximately 264,000 average Australian homes.

Location

Coopers Gap Wind Farm is 250 km north-west of Brisbane near Cooranga North, between Dalby and Kingaroy. The site is located on land that's mainly used for cattle grazing and other farming activities.

It connects to a new Powerlink substation along the Western Downs to Halys 275 kV transmission line built by Powerlink.



Latest updates

Transport

Delivery of wind turbine components from Port of Brisbane to Coopers Gap Wind Farm have been completed. Check out the latest images below or watch the media coverage on the first blade delivery (courtesy of Channel 7 Brisbane).

The final blades are installed

Overview
Community
Environment
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Powering Australian Renewables Fund

AGL reached financial close on the sale of Coopers Gap Wind Farm to the Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF) in August, 2017.

AGL anticipates the total development investment associated with the Coopers Gap project will be approximately $850 million, funded through a combination of PARF partners’ equity and a lending group comprising Westpac Banking Corporation, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Societe Generale, DBS Bank, Mizuho Bank and ABN Amro.

The $22 million sale of the project into PARF includes AGL writing a power purchase agreement at a bundled (i.e. including both electricity and associated renewable energy certificates) offtake price of less than $60/MWh (real) for an initial five years. There is a put/call option to extend for the following five years at the same or lower price. AGL expects to recognise nil profit on sale from the transaction.


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Project delivery and construction

Following the financial close on the sale of the project to PARF, construction proceeded on Coopers Gap Wind Farm with substation earthworks in September 2017, with first generation in June 2019.

GE and civil engineering construction company CATCON won the major contract to develop and build the wind farm. They will be responsible for:

  • supply, transportation, erection, fit-out and commissioning of 123 wind generation turbines
  • design and construction of turbine foundations, internal road and hardstand network, and electrical reticulation system
  • external road upgrades
  • construction of an Operations and Maintenance Facility

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News

Community newsletters about the project are also available:


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Seventh round of Community Funding Now Open

AGL is committed to making a sustainable and positive contribution in the communities which we operate. This includes the Queensland regions South Burnett and Western Downs.

The Seventh funding round will open on 1 September and close on 30 September 2020. The round will be for grants up to $3000. The Community Fund targets a range of community needs including; health, social welfare, safety, environment, education and youth, sport, recreation, culture, arts and economic development.

The CCC has resolved this round of funding is specifically for the communities of Bell, Jandowae and Kumbia. Please note, applications from these areas will take priority.

The Community Fund aims to:

  • Deliver community wide benefits and to strengthen AGL’s existing links with the local community
  • Support the work of existing and future community organisations
  • Encourage local community innovation and support for issues of community significance
  • Promote local awareness and education supporting the benefits of sustainable renewable energy
  • Continue to build and maintain strong relationships with the local and wider communities.

How to apply?

Step 1. Complete the online application form or download the application form and community fund guidelines 
Step 2. Submit your application by 5pm Wednesday 30 September 2020.
Step 3. AGL will contact you by the 2 November 2020 regarding the outcome of your application.

More information

For more information please contact Sue Hogan on 1800 039 600 or email AGLCommunity@agl.com.au.

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FAQs

Why is AGL building a wind farm around the Western Downs and South Burnett communities?

The project is located in an area with consistent wind, a strong electricity grid and local community support. The addition of renewable generation aligns with state and federal renewable energy targets.

How many jobs will be created?

During construction of the wind farm, up to 200 people will be employed. Once constructed, it's expected that 15 to 20 permanent full-time employees will be required.

How do I apply for a job at the wind farm?

GE CATCON welcome expressions of interest and capability statements from suppliers and prospective employees.

What is the level of investment?

AGL anticipates the total development investment associated with the Coopers Gap project will be approximately $850 million.

How big are the turbines?

At their highest point, the blade tips will be 180m above ground level. Each blade is about 70m long. And each turbine will have the capacity to produce either 3.6 MW or 3.8 MW of power.

How big is the Coopers Gap Wind Farm?

The Coopers Gap Wind Farm will incorporate 123 wind turbines, access tracks, hardstands, electrical reticulation system, electrical connection works and associated infrastructure. Located on 10 properties, it will have a generating capacity of 453 MW.

Why do we need more wind farms?

Australia’s electricity generation fleet is transitioning to create a more sustainable energy future. Large scale wind and solar generation will play a large part in this transition.

When will Coopers Gap Wind Farm become operational?

The project is currently on track to become operational mid 2020.

How will the project affect the environment?

During construction, there will be minor impact on the environment. Please refer to the Environmental Impact Study under the 'Environment' section on this page for more information.

How will the community be kept informed of progress?

AGL will keep the local community updated throughout the construction process. Please refer to 'Community' section on this page for more information.


Community complaints and enquiries

AGL understands that we don’t always get it right, and we want to be informed when we don’t. If you would like to provide any feedback, good or bad, or simply ask some questions, please feel free to get in touch via the following channels:

AGL Community Complaints and Enquiries Hotline: 1800 039 600

Email: AGLCommunity@agl.com.au

Mail: AGL Community Complaints & Enquiries, Locked Bag 14120 MCMC, Melbourne VIC 8001

Learn more  about how we handle your general customer complaints on our complaints page.


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Overview

As a long-term owner-operator of wind farms, AGL is committed to being a valued member of the local community. We will develop constructive working relationships and communication channels with the community in order to build community trust and pride in the Coopers Gap wind farm. The project will contribute to a more sustainable future through the supply of renewable energy to the wider community.

A Ground Breaking Ceremony to commemorate the works was held on Wednesday 7 February 2018. The ceremony was attended by new Energy Minister Lynham. AGL General Manager Power Development, Dave Johnson, spoke at parliament house on 15 February 2018 for a TSBE event.


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Community engagement

Our goal is to build community trust and pride in the Coopers Gap Wind Farm. To do this, we are developing constructive working relationships and open communication channels within the community.

As a first step, we have set up a Coopers Gap Wind Farm Community Consultative Committee (CCC). Through this committee – which meets periodically – any community issues or concerns can be appropriately addressed; and the local community can work directly with the AGL project team.

The CCC is voluntary. Members include stakeholders and community representatives who have an interest in or connection to the project. If you are not a member, you are welcome to attend meetings and, if time permits, ask questions at the end.

The CCC is guided by these terms of reference. You can review archived agendas, minutes and presentations from the CCC in the document tab above.

For detailed studies on wind farms and health, please see the document tab above.


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Successful Community Fund recipients

Round 6: March 2020
  • The Scout Association of Australia, Queensland Branch Inc - Dalby
  • Scout Association Kingaroy
  • Cooranga North Memorial Hall Committee Inc.
  • Bell Bunya Community Centre Association Inc.
  • Jandowae Squash Club
  • Jandowae Netball Club Association Inc.
  • Jandowae Men's Shed Inc.
  • Kumbia State School P&C Association
  • Bell & District Golf Club
  • Nanango and District Cricket Club Inc.
  • Kumbia Kindergarten
  • Kumbia and District Memorial School of Arts Inc.
Round 5: September 2019
  • Jandowae Junior Rugby League
  • Kumbia State School
  • Bell State School
  • Jandowae Golf Club
  • Red Earth Foundation auspicing South Burnett Women
  • Jandowae Kindergarten Association Inc
  • Kumbia Race Club Inc
  • Kumbia Racecourse and Recreation Reserve Association Inc (KRRRA)
  • Kumbia and District Memorial School of Arts Inc
  • Bell & District Golf Club
  • Kumbia and District Memorial School of Arts Inc
  • Jandowae Domiciliary Support Committee Inc
Round 4: March 2019
  • Bell RSL Sub Branch (Qld) Inc.
  • Bell Theatre Group Inc.
  • Kumbia Tennis Association
  • Ironpot Rural Fire Brigade
  • Bell Bunya Community Centre
  • Jandowae Memorial Hall Association Inc.
  • Kumbia Neighbourhood Watch Rural Inc.
  • Jandowae Squash Club Inc.
  • Ironpot Farmers Hall Association
  • Kumbia State School P&C Association
  • Kumbia and District Historical Society Inc.
  • Jandowae Business Group
Round 3: November 2018
  • Bell Bunya Community Centre Association Inc.
  • Jandowae Amatuer Swimming Club Inc.
  • Kumbia Race Club
  • Kumbia Tennis Association
  • Kumbia Kindergarten
  • Cooranga North Memorial Hall Committee Inc.
  • Kumbia and District Memorial School of Arts Inc.
  • Jandowae and District Progress and Heritage Assoc Inc.
  • Jandowae Business & Community Group Inc.
  • Bell RSL Sub Branch (Qld) Inc.
  • Kumbia State School P&C Association
Round 2: March 2018
  • Jandowae and District Tennis Association Inc.
  • Bell Bunya Community Centre Association Inc.
  • Bell Theatre Group Inc.
  • Bell State School
  • The Jandowae and District Progress and Heritage Association Inc.
  • Bell Cemetery Trustees
  • Kumbia & District Memorial School of Arts Inc Committee
  • Jandowae Timbertown Festival Inc.
  • Bell Presbyterian Church (Cooranga North Branch)
  • Jandowae Pony Club
  • Jandowae Prep-10 State School Parents and Citizens Association
  • Jandowae Netball Association
  • Kingaroy Senior Citizens Club
Round 1: October 2017
  • Cooranga North Memorial Hall Committee
  • Kumbia Kindergarten Inc.
  • Jandowae and District Show Society Inc.
  • Kaimkillenbun State School P&C
  • Bell Bunya Community Centre Association Inc.
  • QCWA Kumbia Branch
  • Bell State School P&C Association
  • Bell Show Society Inc.
  • Bell & District Golf Club Inc.
  • Jandowae Amateur Swimming Club Inc.
  • Jandowae Timbertown Festival Inc.
  • Youth Club Boxing Club
  • Kumbia Community Group

More information

For more information please contact James Tolcher on 1800 039 600 or email AGLCommunity@agl.com.au

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Work opportunities

GE CATCON continues to welcome expressions of interest and capability statements. Please submit your expression of interest to coopersGapWF@catcon.com.au or send your resume to hr@catcon.com.au.

Opportunities for work during the construction phase of the project could be pursued directly with the following companies:

Environmental impact study

The Stage 1 Environmental Impact Statement was approved by the Office of the Coordinator-General (OCG) on 1 March 2017. Development Permit for a Material Change of Use (MCU) for Stage 1 was received on 24 May 2017 and Stage 2 on 12 June 2017.


Approval related documents

Environment

Environmental Impact Study Executive Summary

Community Consultative Committee

Presentation
Reference documents

Wind Farm and Health

General Information