Wind Power

Largest Wind Farm in Australia Commissioned

Hydro Tasmania has completed commissioning of 30 wind turbines on the second stage of the Woolnorth Wind Farm. With an installed capacity of 65 MW, the wind farm is now the largest in Australia, according to Hydro Tasmania Group Manager Construction, Andrew Pattle.

Wynyard, Tasmania, Australia – June 8, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] “All the commissioned wind turbines are now generating into the Tasmanian electricity grid and together with stage one, are providing about 2.5 percent of the State’s electricity supply,” Pattle said. Hydro Tasmania’s commitment to developing wind farms in Tasmania has led to significant manufacturing of wind turbine components in the State. “The nacelles, which include all of the generating equipment, were assembled at the Vestas factory in Wynyard,” he said. “The fiberglass covers for the nacelles were manufactured by Aus-tech Composites at Camdale on the North-West coast. “The steel towers were constructed by Haywards, with the protective coating applied by Metal Protection Services. Both factories are located in Breadalbane, outside Launceston.” The Woolnorth Wind Farm is the first of three large scale wind farm developments planned for Tasmania by Hydro Tasmania. The 140 megawatt Musselroe Wind Farm on the North-East coast and 160 megawatt Heemskirk Wind Farm on the West Coast are currently being considered for development approval. Hydro Tasmania is also a partner in a joint venture with Spanish renewable energy company EHN, to construct and operate the 66 megawatt Cathedral Rocks Wind Farm in South Australia. Hydro Tasmania produces over 60 percent of Australia’s renewable energy from wind and hydro power.