Australia has a “real need” to to decarbonise and reduce emissions, and Tasmania has the ability to make it happen.
That is the opinion of Goldwind Australia managing director John Titchen, who announced a Tasmanian company has been awarded a contract to build towers for a wind farm in the middle of the state on Monday.
However, the state needs a second interconnector cable to do it and, it would help replace coal power stations that have shut down on the mainland, he said.
“The potential now is to immediately have 100 per cent renewable self-sufficiency in Tasmania,” Mr Titchen said.
“Following the introduction of a cable, which we hope could be installed to increase the export of renewable energy to the mainland, Tasmania has taken a further step with both the combination of the hydro expansion and also with wind development.”
Goldwind has constructing a wind farm at Granville Harbour on the West Coast and now at Cattle Hill.
“These opportunities are real ... but the opportunity really depends on a second interconnector to Victoria,” Mr Titchen said.
Energy Minister Guy Barnett supported the calls for a second connector.
“A second interconnector is critically important to the future energy challenges facing the nation,” he said.
Recent electricity challenges that occurred during summer on the mainland highlighted Tasmania’s case to become the battery of the nation, he said.
“In late January, more than 200,000 Victorian homes and businesses had their power cut or limited as the state’s electricity supply buckled under the extreme heat,” he said.
“Tasmania played a key role in helping to keep the lights and air conditioners on in Victoria, delivering urgently needed power through Basslink. However, our ability to help the mainland is currently constrained by the limited size of that single Bass Strait interconnector.”
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