Tasmanian beef farm with wind power plant
Australian government has set a goal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 26-28% by 2030 compared to 2005. Their effort, converting coal-fired power generation to natural gas-fired power generation and renewable energy, is appreciated by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); however, it is pointed out that carbon dependence is still high and carbon dioxide emissions are increasing, so that it is required to be improved. On the other hand, in Tasmania, where is a leader of renewable energy in Australia, a wind power plant (Granville Harbor Wind Farm) which will help Tasmania achieve its goal to be 100% renewable energy self-sufficient by 2022 is currently under construction on the west coast.
The wind power plant under construction is originally a farm, and it has been producing high quality beef for more than half a century. It is where a gust of up to 200 kph blows from the south of the sea, and the strong wind brought a great opportunity to transform the farm into a wind power plant. This wind power plant consists of 31 turbines with a capacity of 112 megawatts and produces enough electricity to provide to 46,000 households. Also, during construction of the wind power plant and operations, production of prime beef will continue at the site.
The generated electricity will be transmitted to the whole of Tasmania. And the electricity will be purchased by the state-owned Hydro Tasmania and exported to the mainland Australia market with undersea cables. This project belongs to one of two power plants under construction in the state, with three more projects running, and the total investment in wind energy is over $2 billion. It is no exaggeration to say that the amount is showing Tasmania’s enthusiasm for realizing 100% renewable energy.