A re-elected Liberal Government has a target to make Tasmania energy self-sufficient with an additional 1000 gigawatts hours of on-island renewable generation by the end of 2022.
The development of the West Coast’s Granville Harbour Wind Farm will be important to achieving this.
Today marks the start of construction of the $280 million Granville Harbour Wind Farm.
Once completed, the wind farm will have 31 turbines providing 112 megawatts of capacity, enough to power more than 46,000 homes.
The project is expected to create around 200 jobs during construction and about 10 on-going jobs, which is a massive jobs boost for the West Coast.
Construction comes after Hydro Tasmania announced last year that it reached an in-principle agreement with Westcoast Wind Pty Ltd in relation to a power purchase agreement.
In addition to Granville Harbour, construction on Cattle Hill Wind Farm in the Central Highlands is progressing, and Hydro Tasmania is continuing with their $1 billion 10 year upgrade to facilities to increase generation by 250 GWh, which is enough additional generation to power over 30,000 Tasmanian homes.