The Cattle Hill Wind Farm in Tasmania is now officially generating electricity.
Goldwind Managing Director, John Titchen, said the opening ceremony for the project, held on December 6, was a very exciting day in the life of the project.
“When fully operational, the Cattle Hill Wind Farm will generate enough clean energy to power the equivalent of approximately 63,500 Tasmanian homes each year,” Mr Titchen said.
“Significantly, the project will help the Tasmanian Government reach its goal of an additional 1000-gigawatt hours of on-island renewable energy by the end of 2022, contributing around half of the additional generation needed.
“31 of 48 Goldwind turbines have been fully installed, with two main cranes now installing on site.
“Pre-commissioning of turbines has been underway for some time and generation commissioning is now ongoing.
“The project team has met a number of environmental challenges during the construction to date, such as bushfire, significant snow and wind, and scheduling of works to minimise disturbance during Tasmanian Wedge-tailed eagle breeding period.
“The highly focussed team, with high levels of communication with project stakeholders, have met and overcome these challenges with positivity and little impact to the overall project schedule.”
Mr Titchen said approximately 150 jobs have been created during the construction period on site as well as additional offsite work from Tasmanian project partners.
“Transportation of Goldwind turbine components started in March, following $10 million of road upgrades in the Central Highlands area by the Launceston based company, Gradco, with approximately 528 oversize loads having been transported to the project site,” Mr Titchen said.
Mr Titchen said the project partners were particularly proud to have been the first in Australia to install the cutting-edge technology to reduce impacts on the Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle.
“Through artificial intelligence and machine learning during the turbine commissioning period, the IdentiFlight technology is expected to become highly proficient at identifying Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagles,” Mr Titchen said.
16 IdentiFlight stations have been installed across the site that will detect Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagles and shut down nearby turbines as needed.
IdentiFlight has now started operating with initial turbine operation.