Robbins Island a wind hot spot

Federal Member for Braddon Brett Whiteley and Environment Minister Greg Hunt have said Robbins Island could be one of the largest investments in renewable energy in Australia.

The island, located off the northwest coast of Tasmania, has the potential to host up to 300 wind turbines producing around 600-800MW of renewable energy capacity, according to Mr Whiteley.

This would mean around $1.6 billion in new investment,” he said.

North west Tasmania has some of the best wind resources not just in Australia but in the world, and a number of large wind farms are being proposed.

Mr Hunt said one of the reasons the Turnbull Coalition government established the feasibility study into a second electricity interconnector, led by former Tasmanian Federal Minister Warwick Smith, was to see if this renewable energy source could be developed.

“It would provide additional energy security for Tasmania as well as being able to feed that renewable energy back into the other states,” he said.

“Sites like Robbins Island provide a significant opportunity for economic growth and jobs for the people of Braddon and for Tasmania,” Mr Whiteley said.

“And like all Tasmanians who want investment and jobs, I eagerly await Warwick Smith’s interim report on the feasibility of a second interconnector.”