THE first turbines at Tasmania's largest wind farm development, the $395 million Musselroe Wind Farm located 100 kilometres north-east of Launceston at Cape Portland, are now turning and generating energy into the state's electricity grid.
The wind farm, developed in partnership between Hydro Tasmania and Chinese energy company, Shenhua, is expected to generate 168 megawatts, or enough energy to supply the needs of up to 50,000 homes when fully operational.
Premier Lara Giddings said the start of power generation from the site was a great milestone and builds on Tasmania's standing as Australia's renewable energy powerhouse.
All 56 wind turbines have been erected on the site and will progressively come online, with the wind farm expected to be fully operational by July this year.
Ms Giddings said significant Tasmanian input to the project has been one of its major benefits, with companies such as Launceston-based Haywards constructing the turbine towers and Hazell Bros undertaking the civil engineering works
Deputy Premier Bryan Green said Shenhua had a 75 per cent share in the Musselroe project, with Hydro Tasmania maintaining a 25 per cent stake and ongoing management of the wind farm.
"Shenhua also has a major share in the Woolnorth wind farms at Bluff Point and Studland Bay in the North-West and Hydro Tasmania also manages them as part of the partnership," Mr Green said.
"The Government is fostering this partnership because it will continue generating profit and value for Tasmanians."