Parts for Mount Emerald Wind Farm’s giant new wind turbines have started arriving – and they are enormous. Each blade weighs 16 tonnes and is 57 meters long. Once constructed they will be the biggest wind turbines ever seen in Queensland, with the 37 tallest towers standing 90m tall – that’s excluding the additional height of the 57m blades. 16 slightly smaller turbines are also planned (though it is hard to attribute the word ‘small’ to any of these structures) which still stand 84m.
These monolithic wind turbines are part of a $380M project by Ratch Australia. The 53 Turbines will generate an estimated 500-600 GWh per annum. Over its lifetime the project will create 150-200 jobs and will power up to 1/3 of Far North Queensland. The completed farm will reduce C02-e emissions by roughly 450,000 tonnes a year. For more info check out The Urban Developer article, or the Mt Emerald Wind Farm Website.