ABC News report today:
Hydro Tasmania says the approval of a $400 million wind farm in north-east Tasmania will be a big boost for the state-owned company.
The Premier, Lara Giddings, has announced the go ahead for the Musselroe Bay project which is set to create 200 jobs.
The company continues to search for a joint venture partner.
Hydro Tasmania chief executive, Roy Adair, says the wind farm will be able to power 50,000 homes.
The wind farm will comprise 56 three-megawatt capacity turbines sourced from Danish manufacturer, Vestas. The Hobart Mercury reports:
The Musselroe wind farm has been planned for seven years but its original proponent, Hydro-owned Roaring Forties, folded in April.
Hydro Tasmania chief executive Roy Adair has repeatedly said higher electricity prices caused by a carbon tax would see the Musselroe Bay wind farm developed.
Last month he said the company was committed to wind farm expansion to complement its generation assets, which made it Australia’s largest renewable energy generator.
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Musselroe will be eclipsed in size if the $500 million, 100-turbine Cattle Hill wind farm, near Lake Echo in the state’s Central Highlands, is approved.
Approval for the development is yet to be granted by the Central Highlands Council and the Federal Government.