Wind Power in Tasmania

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This page created 2008/03/08, last edited 2023/12/31

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Specific wind farms...
Bluff Point | Cattle Hill | Flinders Island | Huxley Hill | Granville Harbour | Jims Plain | Low Head Wind Farm | Musselroe | Nichols Poultry | Robbins Island | Studland Bay | TasWind | Western Plains

Other proposed wind farms

(Off this page: Wind farm locations on Google Maps)

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Climate change is the greatest threat facing the world today; wind generated electricity is one of a number of ways that we can reduce our reliance on fossil fuel-generated electricity and therefore reduce our greenhouse gas production and limit climate change.

Tasmania has special advantages for wind power development. Stretching from south Latitude 43.7 degrees, in the south, to Latitude 40.7 degrees in the north, it is entirely within the 'Roaring 40s'; a belt of some of the most reliable winds on Earth. Tasmania generates a high percentage of its power from hydro. This is an ideal accompanyment to wind: when the wind stops blowing the hydro power can be switched on; when the wind blows the hydro can be switched off and the water conserved.

While Tasmania has special advantages for wind power, in terms of powering Australia it also has one special disavantage – Bass Strait. There is a power cable beneath the Strait, the Basslink Interconector, but there is still the distance disadvantage. Basslink has been claimed to be the world's longest subsea electricity cable. With the completion of Musselrow Wind Farm in July 2013 the proportion of Tasmania's electricity supply generated by wind was 7%; as an Australian state, second only to South Australia.


Updated 2019/03/07

Cattle Hill Wind Farm

Also known as Wild Cattle Hill Wind Farm

Location of Cattle Hill Wind Farm
From The Mercury, about 2013
Mat Dennien wrote an article in The Examiner 2019/03/01 reporting that long loads of turbine components would be delivered to the wind farm site until August. The article mentioned 49 turbines, but the Goldwind site states 48.

This project was originally proposed at least as early as 2013.

As of January 2018 Goldwind is the proponent; they have a net site on the project.

On 2017/11/14 Goldwind signed a power Connection Agreement with TasNetworks.

The wind farm will be at Wild Cattle Hill, near Waddamana, about 50km west of Oatlands in the Central Highlands.

Cattle Hill Wind Farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW ConstructionCompletion
Under construction483.0144 April 20182019App. S 42.16°App. E 146.68°

Updated 2015/02/24

Flinders Island Wind Farm

Flinders Island 1 Flinders Island 2
Photo acknowledgement: Peter Kempster
On 2015/02/23 I received the following in an email from Paul Fulton:
I am the director of FIRE [Flinders Island Renewable Energy] Developments Pty Ltd. FIRE developed the Enercon E30 on Flinders Island. We produce about 25% of the islands energy needs – about 1000MWh per year. FIRE is a joint venture between Blowing in the Wind Pty Ltd (owned by Robert Nichols), and Joule Logic Pty Ltd, a consulting company partly owned by me.
There is an inspiring video about this wind turbine on youtube.
I received the following in an email from Peter Kempster (who lives on King Island and manages the wind farm/power station there) on 2009/03/03:
"Yes there are two wind turbines on Flinders Island. 1 x 55 kW unit installed in 88 and 1 x 25 kW unit installed in 96. These units are not owned by Hydro Tasmania, they are privately owned and Hydro Tasmania purchase's all the power they produce."

A page by RISE, Research Institute for Sustainable Energy, also mentioned some wind power installed on Flinders Island in 1988 and a second stage in 1996.

Updated 2018/11/23

Granville Harbour Wind Farm


News November 2018

The Web site reported that "ten workers on site and this number is expected to increase in the New Year. The construction of access tracks, drainage and other site preparation works are now in progress." The Advocate news service reported that turbine blades had started arriving at the port of Bernie.
This wind farm is being built on Granville Cattle Farm, about 25km WNW of Zeehan. There is a Web page on the project.

There a power purchase agreement between WestCoast Wind and Hydro Tasmania.

On 2014/04/19 The (Burnie) Advocate reported that there was very little opposition to the project.

Summary data, Granville Harbour Wind Farm
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Construction dateCompletion expectedLat.Long.
Construction313.6112 January 2018Late 2019Approx. S 41.82°E 145.06°

Additional data on Granville Harbour Wind Farm
Project costAus$200 million

This section
added 2019/03/07

Jims Plain Wind Farm

Jims Plain and Robbins Island wind farms are both proposed by UPC Renewables Australia.

There is a web page about the project; it includes a location map. The site is about 10 km inland from the Woolworth Wind Farm, about 23 km west of Smithton and roughly half way between Smithton and Marrawah.

Sean Ford wrote an article in The Advocate 2019/02/26 stating that UPC Renewables Australia proposes to install up to 30 MW of solar generation at the wind farm.

Summary data, Jims Plain Wind Farm
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date
Proposed??Up to 160Undecided

Updated 2018/01/18

Huxley Hill Wind Farm

Also known as the King Island Wind Farm


Proposed expansion of existing wind farm

Reneweconomy, 2012/11/28, mentioned that Hydro Tasmania is planning "a $46m prototype off-grid power plant that combines solar panels, wind turbines (an additional 6MW), biodiesel and energy storage technology. (Also see King Island Renewable energy.) This project aims to provide 65 per cent of King Island's energy needs from renewable sources by 2013 (100 per cent on windy days) and to cut its energy costs by $4.5 million a year."
The farm started generating in 1998 and has since been expanded. Its total generating capacity is 2.5MW of electricity and it is now owned and operated by Hydro Tasmania.

It is a part of a power complex that includes solar and diesel generators. Hydro Tasmania have a page that gives actual output, updated every five minutes, by the wind and solar installations.

In interesting feature of Huxley Hill is that it includes a 'vanadium redox flow battery' (see Wikipedia); this is capable of storing up to 800kWh of surplus energy and releasing it as required. This was insalled during stage 2.

I thank Peter Kempster, who lives on King Island, for some of the above information.

Huxley Hill Wind Farm is located at South Latitude 39.93° and East Longitude 143.87°

A snapshot of King Island live feed
Live display
King Island has a live feed that shows the situation of their power supply at any moment.

Some of the time they are on 100% renewable energy.

If King Island can do it, so could Australia – if we had a government with ethical standards.

Huxley Hill Wind Farm summary data
Stage 1

Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Commissioned

TurbineNordex N29
Tower height29m
Rated wind speedApprox. 50km/hr
Rotor diameter29.7m

Stage 2

Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Commissioned

TurbineVestas V52
Tower height60m
Rated wind speedApprox. 50km/hr
Rotor diameter52m

This section written
Edited 2017/07/19

Low Head Wind Farm


News, 2017/07/16

An article written by Tess Brunton in the Examiner mentioned that a development application had been lodged for this wind farm.
This wind farm has been proposed by Low Head Wind Farm Pty Ltd, who have a Net site about the project. If built, it will be about 7km NE of Georgetown and a similar distance east of the mouth of the Tamar inlet.

The proponents are "now engaging local land owners and other stakeholders to discuss key aspects of the project and better understand any perceived concerns or risks" (2012/12/16).

Summary data, Low Head Wind Farm
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Construction dateLat.Long.
Proposed103?About 30 UndecidedApprox. S 41.05°E 146.88°


Updated 2014/01/16

Musselroe Wind Farm

This was originally a Roaring 40s project, but was taken over by Hydro Tasmania following the break up of Roaring 40s. It is in the NE extremity of Tasmania, about 20km NE of Gladstone and about 100km NE of Launceston, was proposed around 2004 only to be shelved in 2006. Then it was on-again-off-again, largely because of changes in the Federal Government's renewable energy legislation, until in December 2011 Hydro Tasmania (ABC On-line News) stated that construction would begin 'this month'.

(Tasmania has a far higher percentage of renewably generated electricity than any other Australian state.)

Ecogeneration News carried an article on 2012/03/09 about an agreement between Hydro Tasmania and Chinese company Shenhua Clean Energy Holding for providing $400m funding for the project.

Musselroe Wind Farm summary data
Status# TurbinesManufacturerModelMW eachTotal MW CompletionLat.Long.
Operating 56VestasV903168 July 2013S 40.90°E 148.15°
The turbines are Vestas V90

Further data on Musselroe Wind Farm
Project cost$400 million
Expected greenhouse gas saving300 000 tonnes CO2 p.a.
Expected generation500GWh per year
Proportion of Tasmania's energy demand5%

On 2014/01/15 there was an interesting article on ABC On-line News about the Musselroe Beef company that runs 2000 head beneath the turbines.

Nichols Poultry

Nichols Poultry has a wind turbine near the intersection of Chapel Road and Valley Field Road, Sassafras.

The Tasmanian Food Company's Web page about Nichols Poultry states that it has RSPCA approval and takes pride in its ethical standards and respectful treatment of the chooks. Visitors are welcome, which is unheard of in the less ethical factory farms. The Web page states that 50% of the power requirements come from the wind turbine.

Nichols Poultry wind turbine summary data
Status# TurbineskW CommissionedLat.Long.
Operating1225 2008S 41.257°E 146.513°

The turbine is a Vestas V27

Updated 2017/12/23

Robbins Island Wind Farm

A wind farm on Robbins Island was first proposed around 2013. The island is just off NW tip of Tasmania. The Mercury published an article on a wind farm much larger than the original proposal on 2017/06/08. The enlarged proposal would have an expected cost of $1.2b and would require a second Bass-Link undersea power cable connecting with the mainland.

On 2017/12/16 the ABC published a piece, written by Henry Swartz, stating that there would be up to 300 turbines and a total installed capacity of up to 1000 MW, but this seemed to be the long term plan. It seemed that the first stage was to be around 450 MW.

The proposer, UPC Renewables have stated that they expected "the first wind turbine to be built and ready on the island in about two years, and that the entire site would be operational around 2023."

Summary data, Robbins Island Wind Farm (2017/06/09)
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Construction dateExpected completionLat.Long.
ProposedUp to 3003.3?Up to 1000 Late 20192023?Approx. S 40.69° E 144.94°

Altered 2015/04/10

TasWind Wind Farm

King Island and the proposed general locations for the turbines
King Island map
Image credit Hydro Tasmania, TasWind

Project cancelled

Hydro Tasmania anounced the termination of this project in late October 2014, on economic grounds.

On 2013/05/13 the King Island Courier announced that KI's biggest employer, Lion Nathan, were urging King Islanders to say yes to the wind farm proposal going to the next stage (a detailed study of the feasibility of the wind farm). Lion owns King Island Dairy and employs about 100 people (of a total KI population or around 1600). Also in that issue of the KIC it was reported that the same public relations firm that has worked for the infamous Church of Scientology, Exclusive Brethren and James Hardy (asbestos), has been engaged by those opposed to the project to 'amuse then scare' the local people. It seems that substantial funding for this may be coming from a particular very wealthy opponent who is opposed to the project because "it may spoil the view from his newly acquired property".

Summary data, TasWind Wind Farm
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Lat.Long.
Cancelled2003600 Approx. S 39.92°E 143.99°

King Island is ideally placed for a large wind farm. It is in the notoriously windy Bass Strait and close to Melbourne, which will provide a market for the electricity.

Understanably, particularly considering the amount of disinformation being spread by wind farm opponents, there is a great deal of concern about the proposal among the residents of the island. The Garnaut report showed that Australia's CO2 emissions were 28 tonnes per person in 2006, so the TasWind project will abate the carbon dioxide emissions of some 70 000 Australians. The King Island people have the unenviable responsibility of deciding the correct course of action both for themselves and for the world.

If the wind farm is built it will probably be the biggest in Australia (and the Southern Hemesphere – and depending on whether the similarly sized Ceres Project goes ahead); in November 2012, Victoria's Macarthur Wind Farm, at 420MW installed, held that distinction.

Additional data on TasWind Wind Farm
Owner/operatorHydro Tasmania
Project costAus$2 000 million
Annual generationAbout 1800GWh
Annual abatementAbout two million tonnes
The actual abatement would depend on the proportion of electricity from gas or coal-fired power stations that would be replaced by the TasWind project

Hydro Tasmania list the economic benefits of the project on a Net page.

This section
added 2018/01/09

Western Plains Wind Farm

This wind farm is proposed by Epuron, who have a net page on the project. Epuron has been measuring wind speeds for many years and aims to submit its planning application in the first half of 2018.

It is intended that it will be built toward the north-western tip of the peninsula on which Stanley is situated. They say that the visual impact at Stanley will be minimal.

Summary data, Western Plains Wind Farm
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Construction dateLat.Long.
ProposedAbout 11?? UndecidedApprox. S 40.72°E 145.26°

Updated 2013/06/16

Bluff Point and Studland Bay wind farms
Previously called Woolnorth Wind Farm

These wind farms are located near Cape Grim in the northwest corner of Tasmania. They were developed, owned and operated for several years by Hyrdo Tasmania, but later became the property of a corporation called Woolnorth that is a joint venture between Hydro Tasmania and a Chines company, the Shenhua Group.

The wind farms were completed in three stages giving a total of 140MW installed capacity.

On 2011/12/22 the Wall Street Journal published online the following "Guohua, a unit of China's state-owned coal giant Shenhua Group, is acquiring interests in the 65-megawatt Bluff Point and 75-megawatt Studland Bay wind farms." Hydro Tasmania needs the procedes of this deal to finance the Musselroe Wind Farm.

Woolnorth Wind Farm summary data

Stage 1 (Bluff Point)
Status# TurbinesManufacturerModelMW eachTotal MW CommissionedLat.Long.
Operating6VestasV661.7510.5 August 2002Approx. S 40.72°E 144.73°

Stage 2 (Bluff Point)
Status# TurbinesManufacturerModelMW eachTotal MW CommissionedLat.Long.
Operating31VestasV661.7554 April 2004S ?°E ?°

Stage 3 (Studland Bay)
Status# TurbinesManufacturerModelMW eachTotal MW CommissionedLat.Long.
Operating25VestasV90375 2007S ?°E ?°

All stages combined
Status# TurbinesTotal MWCapacity factor Commissioned
The capacity factor above was calculated from AEMO data for March 2009 to December 2012 data (inclusive) downloaded via Andrew Miskelly's '.csv' format download facility. It is one of the highest for any Australian wind farm.

Generation record
Up to end 2012

Generation record for Woolnorth

The graph on the right shows the power generation record for Woolnorth Wind Farm as recorded by AEMO (Australian Energy Market Operator) and downloaded via the ALG (Australian Landscape Guardians) Net site. The units are average megawatts generated month by month.

Further data on Woolnorth Wind Farm...
Productive wind speedsStages 1 & 2: from 4.2 to 25m/sec (15 to 90km/hr)
Peak efficiency wind speedStages 1 & 2: from 15 to 25 m/sec (55 to 90km/hr)
Wind generatorsStages 1 & 2: Vestas 1.75MW
Stage 3: Vestas V90 3MW
Tower heightStages 1 & 2: 60m
Rotor diameterStages 1 & 2: 66m
Total weight of turbine and towerStages 1 & 2: 180 tonnes

ABC on-line news Sept. 21, 2007 stated that ten wedge tailed eagles had been killed by Woolnorth turbines since it began operating in 2003. Doctor Cindy Hull has studied bird deaths at the Woolnorth wind farms for some years. It seems from her work that eagle deaths have decreased substantially since around 2007.

Other proposed wind farms

In addition to the wind farms detailed above at least one other has been proposed (table below).

If and when this proposed wind farm looks likely to be built, and as I get more information, I will write it up in more detail. If any readers have information concerning this or others I would appreciate a note, my email address is at the top of this page.

Until a wind farm gets at least to the point where an application for approval has been submitted to the relevant authority it may be little more than wishfull thinking and is not worth covering in more detail than that below.

Wind farms that have been proposed in Tasmania

Project nameAreaSponsoring CompanyCapacity, MWStatus
Tamar Valley Site of Gunns pulp millTamar Valley Renewables?Suggested
For links to developers see Wind farm businesses