Tasmania to build $300m wind farm

A $300 million wind farm will create 150 jobs and power more than 60,000 homes in Tasmania.

The Wild Cattle wind farm, located in the Central Highlands, took a significant step forward this week with Aurora Energy and Goldwind reaching in principle agreement.

Tasmanian Minister for Energy Matthew Groom said the wind farm is part of the government’s vision for the state to become the renewable energy battery of the nation.

“This is a massive investment for Tasmania, which will create 150 jobs during construction and around 10 ongoing jobs once construction is complete in 2020,” Mr Groom said.

“The Hodgman Government will back the development of new renewable generation like Wild Cattle Hill because it will create jobs and grow the economy in regional Tasmania.”

Once complete, the 49-turbine wind farm will generate 144MW, enough to power over 60,000 homes and increase wind generation capacity in Tasmania by nearly 50 per cent.

The announcement comes weeks after the Prime Minister and the Tasmanian Premier announced plans to consider additional investment in pumped hydro and other upgrades to boost Tasmania’s renewable energy output.

“We have a tremendous opportunity to capitalise on the building momentum for more renewable energy generation and the Hodgman Government is seizing it,” Mr Groom said.