UPC Renewables Australia has reached a major milestone in its plan to develop two wind farms on Robbins Island and Jims Plains along the far west coast of Tasmania.

The company has built the first of four 110m tall wind monitoring towers on Robbins Island which will provide the data required to further develop the two projects.

The Tasmanian Government and Federal Government has agreed to jointly invest up to $20 million to further progress the business case for a Second Basslink Interconnector.

UPC has advised that the full potential of these projects – a $1.6 billion development – will only be achieved with further inter-connection to the mainland.

Once complete, the wind farms will generate up to 1000MW, helping to deliver the Tasmanian Government’s ambitious target of becoming self-sufficient in renewable energy generation by the end of 2022.

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