Tasmania’s north-west is to be home to one of the largest wind farms in the Southern Hemisphere.
UPC Renewables, which has been building similar projects globally for 20 years, is to build a 1,000 megawatt facility at Robbins Island and Jim’s Plain in the state’s north-west.
Costing for the project sits between $1.2 and 1.6 billion. It will create some 250 jobs through the construction phase.
UPC’s Australian CEO Anton Rohner said final operating capacity for the wind farm will be predicated on whether or not a second Basslink-style power cable to the mainland is installed.
“Once built, it will complement… Tasmanian wind and hydro systems to act as south-east Australia’s renewable energy battery and is close to the Australian Energy Market Operator’s proposed entry point for a second inter-connector between Tasmania and Victoria,” Mr Rohner said.