The site was chosen because it is very windy and is located next to a 275kV high voltage transmission line which ensures the energy can rapidly be exported into the grid.
The 1,300 hectare site, which is on Jirrbal country and ranges over five freehold rural properties will have a relatively low visual impact on the surrounding community because it is surrounded on three sides by State Forests.
Lying at the northern fringe of the national network, Far North Queensland is in a weak part of the grid and doesn’t have many power generation plants, however once the 157 MW wind farm is operating it will help to improve the strength of the grid system, as well as generating clean, affordable energy for Queenslanders.
The Jirrbal people maintain a strong connection to their country with many families still living and working on country.
The Jirrbal country between Atherton to Kirrama Homestead and from Milaa Milaa to Innot Hot Springs is under registered native title claims, the latest of which (made in 2015) is awaiting determination by the Federal Court of Australia.
In 2017, Neoen conducted a preliminary Cultural Heritage Assessment which identified the Jirrbal people as the Traditional Owners and since then the successful Neoen and Jirrbal negotiation has led to the executing of a Cultural Heritage Management Plan (CHMP) registered with the Queensland Government’s Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP) in 2019.
HELPING THE CLIMATE
Why we need KABAN
Renewable energy project such as Kaban keep the lights on in Queensland.
Energy to power around 95,905 homes