The Hodgman Liberal Government continues to unveil its vision to establish Tasmania as the renewable energy battery of the nation.
Today we took another significant step forward with Hydro Tasmania announcing it has reached in principle agreement with Westcoast Wind Pty Ltd in relation to a power purchase agreement for the $280 million Granville Harbour Wind Farm on the West Coast.
This massive development, which has all of the required development approvals, will consist of 33 turbines providing 112 megawatts of capacity and is expected to create 200 jobs during construction and about 10 on-going jobs and generate enough power for more than 40,000 homes.
It follows the announcement earlier this month that a similar agreement had been reached for a $300 million, 49-turbine wind farm at Cattle Hill in the Central Highlands. The power generating capacity of both wind farms will contribute in excess of 840,000 megawatt hours of power annually.
This is important additional generation that can reinforce Tasmania’s energy security and also help deliver more clean energy into the national market.
The Hodgman Liberal Government is seizing every opportunity to maximise our contribution to Australia’s renewable energy demands while also securing renewable energy development jobs, including in regional Tasmania.