The unveiling of the first wind turbine at the Cattle Hill Wind Farm in Tasmania, highlights the state’s renewable energy sector and the huge contribution the sector makes to jobs and investment in Tasmania.

This is the first of 48 wind turbines to be installed at the site throughout 2019.

Once complete, the wind farm will produce enough clean energy to power approximately 63,500 Tasmanian homes while also supporting the Hodgman Government’s Tasmania-First Energy policy to be 100 per cent self-sufficient in renewables by 2022.

The Cattle Hill Wind Farm Project is a game changer for the Central Highlands region, currently employing approximately 150 people on site and up to 10 permanent maintenance staff once the wind farm is complete.

Tasmanian businesses have been engaged with the project since its inception, including Hobart based Hazell Bros who are undertaking the full civil and electrical works for the project, Launceston based company Grandco, who are undertaking over $10 million of road upgrades in the Central Highlands region, and Haywards the local manufacturer for 20 per cent of the wind turbine towers.

This wind farm helps underpin the importance of the Battery of the Nation Plan and the State and Federal Liberal Government’s $86 million investment in that plan and Project Marinus – nationally significant energy developments that have the potential to inject billions into the Tasmanian economy and deliver thousands of local jobs.

Eliza Booth

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