AGL Energy (AGL) welcomes local residents to attend the Coopers Gap Wind Farm Community Consultative Committee (CCC) meeting at the Cooranga North Memorial Hall, from 1pm today, for an update on the project.
AGL’s Coopers Gap Wind Farm Project Manager, Evan Carless, said the project is on track and looks forward to discussing the project with the community.
“We’ll discuss many aspects of the project including the EPC tenderer process, which we have been conducting for both the construction as well as the long-term operation and maintenance of the wind farm.
“The tender process will continue until we reach financial close on the project, which we hope will be in the second half of this year. At that point we will award the contract to the successful tenderer.
“The CCC is an opportunity for the community to ask questions and learn more about the project. So we encourage residents to come along,” said Mr Carless.
It is hoped the Coopers Gap Wind Farm will be the next greenfield renewable development offered to the Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF). The PARF is a partnership between AGL, QIC and Future Fund, which is targeting the development of approximately 1,000 MW of large-scale renewable energy projects.
The Coopers Gap Wind Farm is proposed to have an approved capacity of up to 460 MW, which would produce around 1,400 GWh of renewable energy, powering more than 240,000 average Australian homes. The renewable energy produced would reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 1,100,000 tonnes annually, which is the equivalent of taking over 320,000 cars off the road.
AGL is one of Australia’s leading integrated energy companies. It is taking action to responsibly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions while providing secure and affordable energy to its customers. Drawing on 180 years of experience, AGL serves its customers throughout eastern Australia with meeting their energy requirements, including gas, electricity, solar PV and related products and services. AGL has a diverse power generation portfolio including base, peaking and intermediate generation plants, spread across traditional thermal generation as well as renewable sources including hydro, wind, solar, landfill gas and biomass.