The ambitious $200 million dollar Tasmanian clean energy project, The Granville Harbour Wind Farm, looks to finally become a reality thanks to the senate passing related Renewable Energy Targets legislation, with development set to begin by the end of this year.
Once underway, this wind farm will be developed on an isolated 120 hectare cattle property on Tasmania’s West Coast containing 33 wind turbines.
1. This wind farm will prove a boon for the local economy, creating 200 construction and civil engineering jobs, with another 8 permanent roles once the farm is up and running.
2. The project is expected to pump $120 to $200 million into the local economy.
3. The project is being welcomed far and wide by the West Coast community who have even started a Facebook page in support of the farm.
4. The Granville Harbour project has been deemed environmentally sustainable, receiving the thumbs-up from the Environment Protection Authority and West Coast Council.
The development was harangued with uncertainty and kept firmly on the drawing table awaiting clear direction on government policy for months, but now the gears are in motion, things are looking brighter and investment opportunities are popping-up thanks to returning business confidence.
"There's been very little movement in the industry for the past 18 months due to policy uncertainty... [But] I think you will now see renewable power stations starting to be developed across Australia. We can now approach investors with more realistic expectations about the wind farm project and we intend to start construction by the end of this year. I don't think we will have to look overseas for investors as there is an awful lot of money in this country that has been tied up waiting a decision”, Says Alex Simpson, Director of West Coast Wind.
The generated energy will either be absorbed into the Tasmanian power grid, or travel to the mainland via the Basslink.