Tasmania has confirmed its status as a world leader in renewable energy generation, as it confirms that it is now 100 per cent self-sufficient in renewable energy.
Tasmania is the first in Australia, and one of only a handful of jurisdictions in the world, to achieve this target.
The Tasmanian Government said it reached 100 per cent through its commitment to realising the state’s renewable energy potential through nation-leading energy policies and making Tasmania attractive for industry investment, which in turn is creating jobs across the state, particularly in the regions.
This landmark achievement was realised as the 29th of 31 wind turbines at Granville Harbour officially comes online.
When the final two turbines are commissioned at Granville Harbour, Tasmania will have access to 10,741GWh of renewable generating capacity – well above its average annual electricity demand of 10,500GWhrs.
The State Government said Tasmania has what the nation wants and needs in affordable, reliable and clean renewable energy, and this confirms that the state’s immense renewable energy potential is being utilised.
The Tasmanian Government has now set a target to double its renewable generation to a global-leading target of 200 per cent of its current needs by 2040 – which has been recently passed into law following the passing of legislation through both Houses of Parliament.
The Marinus Link and Battery of the Nation projects are also progressing, representing an intergenerational opportunity to make Tasmania a global leader and the renewable energy powerhouse of Australia.
Renewable hydrogen is continuously being developed in Tasmania with the feasibility of key projects being progressed under the government’s $50 million Tasmanian Renewable Hydrogen Industry Development Funding Program, which forms the backbone of the state’s Tasmanian Renewable Hydrogen Action Plan.
These projects are set to play a key role in the rebuild from COVID-19 by creating billions in economic growth, significant opportunities across the supply chain and jobs – particularly in regional areas.