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Tassie’s biggest wind farm opens

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Tasmania's biggest wind farm was opened at Musselroe in the state’s north east on Tuesday.

As the Business Spectator reports, the wind farm is operated by Woolnorth Wind Farm Holdings, a joint venture between Chinese company Shenhua Clean Energy Holdings (SCE) and Hydro Tasmania.

The Musselroe Wind Farm has a 168 megawatt capacity and will be able to generate energy to power 50,000 homes. As such, it could cover the needs of the region’s two major centres, Davenport and Burnie.

The project features 56 V90-3.0 MW wind turbines from Vestas, which also has a 10-year full scope service agreement for the project.

Tasmanian manufacturer, Haywards was also involved in the project. The company made the steel towers for the wind turbines.

According to Clean Energy Council chief executive David Green, the project was made possible by the Renewable Energy Target which was established by the Howard government in 2001.

Under this scheme, a commitment was made to have 20 per cent of Australia's electricity generated by renewable sources by 2020. According to Green, it has generated $18 billion of investment across Australia.

But Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings claimed the Federal Government intends to cut or dramatically modify the scheme.

"We want to see more renewable energy projects like Musselroe realised in Tasmania, including a second Basslink, but future investment will be dead in the water if the Coalition scraps the RET," she said.

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