Family hydro plant connects to grid

A hydro plant, which began as a project on a family farm, has connected to the grid in Burnie, Tasmania.

In full production, the 1MW Nietta Hydro Scheme will generate enough power for the property and nearby towns – more than 800 Tasmanian households – every day.

The Hydro Scheme has been owned and developed by locals, the Miles family, on their own land for more than 70 years.

Developer of the Nietta Hydro Scheme Casey Miles studied engineering at the University of Tasmania. Mr Miles used his educational training to develop the hydro project on the family’s property after his grandfather challenged the family to develop a plan to take the property into the future.

Federal MP Brett Whiteley officially opened the project in September, saying the scheme is a Tasmania success story.

“The Nietta Hydro Scheme is a testament to both the drive of the Miles family and Tasmanian experience in renewable energy production. This is another example of Tasmania leading the nation in renewable energy production,” he said.

The project has been under development for the last five years.