A new $300-Million wind farm will be built in Tasmania following an announcement today from Aurora Energy and Goldwind.
The Wild Cattle Hill Wind Farm sees the state's AURORA Energy and Goldwind reaching an in-principle agreement to secure construction of a 144MW wind farm at Cattle Hill in Tasmania’s Central Highlands.
Aurora Energy says the long-term partnership will assist it to meet obligations, extending to 2030, under national renewable energy legislation through the purchase of Tasmanian generated renewable energy certificates produced by the wind farm.
Aurora Energy CEO Rebecca Kardos said the energy retailer was pleased that it was partnering with a Tasmanian project of such significance.
“We strongly support the development of further renewable energy in Tasmania, and this project will help strengthen Tasmania’s energy security,” Mrs Kardos said.
The agreement is said to represent a significant commitment by Aurora Energy to deliver to both its customers and the community thought the Wild Cattle Hill Wind Farm project, backed by Goldwind, who is also responsible for the development of other major wind farms in Australia.
Goldwind Australia Managing Director John Titchen said construction of 49 wind turbines is planned to commence in September 2017, with the $300 million wind farm expected to provide a significant economic contribution to the State.
“The project is expected to employ more than 150 people during construction and have up to 10 permanent maintenance staff when fully operational in 2020,” Mr Titchen said and “We are particularly excited to have reached this stage of the project given our long interest in developing a project of this nature in Tasmania.”