Tasmania's power becomes 100% renewable

Wind turbines in Tasmania. Author: Ian Cochrane. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

November 27 (Renewables Now) - Tasmania has become the first state in Australia switching on to 100% renewables power, it was announced on Friday.

Tasmanian energy minister Guy Barnett said in a press release that the island state is now fully self-sufficient for supplies of electricity coming from renewable energy sources. The milestone was achieved shortly after almost all of the 112-MW Granville Harbour wind farm started feeding power. When its final two turbines are commissioned, the state will have 10,741 GWh of renewables generation per year, which surpasses the average annual demand for 10,500 GWh.

“We have reached 100 per cent thanks to our commitment to realising Tasmania’s renewable energy potential through our nation-leading energy policies and making Tasmania attractive for industry investment, which in turn is creating jobs across the State, particularly in our regions,” Barnett said.

After going 100% renewable, Tasmania will pursue a goal for 200% of renewables generation by 2040. Plans for battery storage and hydrogen projects will be developed simultaneously.

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