Jim's Plain is located on an undulating plateau about 23 kilometres west of Smithton in Tasmania’s north-west. The site is dominated by coastal heath, but also has some pasture.
We’re exploring wind energy generation with possible solar generation and battery storage, to be called Jim's Plain Renewable Energy Park.
Depending on the solution, the Renewable Energy Park could produce up to 200 megawatts of wind energy and up to 40 megawatts of solar energy.
The project has been approved by the Council, State and Commonwealth Governments. Construction is planned to start in 2022.
Wind turbine technology has developed a great deal in the past 20 years. It includes advances to transformers, drive trains (gear boxes vs direct drive), blades and monitoring systems. This has improved efficiency and reduced operational and maintenance costs.
Turbines from a range of suppliers are being considered for the Jim’s Plain site, with generating capacities ranging between 4.5 megawatts to 8 megawatts.
It is expected the maximum number of turbines will be 31.
Building Jim's Plain and connecting it to the transmission network will require a new transmission line. A new transmission line will extend from Robbins Island to Hampshire, via Jim’s Plain.