With world-class wind resources, Tasmania is positioned to be a global leader in wind energy generation.
Jim's Plain and Robbins Island Renewable Energy Parks will contribute enough electricity to power up to 500,000 typical Tasmanian homes once operational.
Connecting into the National Electricity Market, these projects will contribute to Tasmanian and Australian energy generation needs, and will also support Hydro Tasmania's vision to become the Battery of the Nation.
The projects are currently in planning and the first stage of development is planned to be operational by 2023. Full development is subject to the development of a second Bass Strait interconnector called Marinus Link.
Robbins Island and Jim’s Plain Renewable Energy Parks will:
- Put downward pressure on electricity prices for Tasmanians due to the additional on-island renewable energy supply
- Create 400 jobs during construction, and 65 ongoing jobs
- Be one of the largest private investments ever in Tasmania (over $1.5 billion) meaning more local jobs
- Help attract new industry and jobs to Tasmania with lower cost renewable power
- Create carbon offsets equivalent to 750,000 vehicles per year and will help Tasmania meet its goal of zero net emissions by 2050
- Help drought-proof Tasmania’s hydro electricity system
- Assist Australia with reliable low-cost renewable energy
- Help replace the 6,000 megawatts of coal-fired generation coming out of the Australian energy system over the next decade, transitioning the National Electricity Market to a lower carbon emissions system and help Australia meet its Paris Agreement commitments
In addition, typical goods and services likely to be sourced locally during construction and operation of the projects include:
- Accommodation and catering
- Construction materials and equipment
- Local labour
- Earthworks services
- Fencing and landscaping