Jim’s Plain Renewable Energy Park and Robbins Island Renewable Energy Park

The Jim’s Plain and Robbins Island Renewable Energy Parks will generate enough electricity to power up to 500,000 typical homes and will offset the carbon emissions from the equivalent of 500,000 vehicles per annum. The projects will increase energy supply in Tasmania, which will put downward pressure on energy prices. The additional energy generation will improve the reliability of supply and will help drought-proof the State’s hydroelectricity system.

The renewable energy parks are being developed concurrently and the combined capital cost is approximately $1.5 billion. Stage 1 involves the construction of Jim’s Plain and approximately half of the turbines on Robbins Island – this will amount to approximately 500 MW of generating capacity. The electricity generated from Stage 1 will be utilised within the Tasmania network. Stage 2 involves installing the balance of the turbines on Robbins Island and is dependent upon the development of Marinus Link.

 Jim’s Plain

  • Up to 31 turbines
  • Up to 40 MW of solar & a 40 MW battery
  • Total capacity ~ 200 MW & 800 GWh per annum

Robbins Island

  • Up to 122 turbines
  • Total capacity ~ 730 MW & 3000 GWh per annum
  • 1.4 km bridge across Robbins Passage for access during construction and operations
  • 500 m wharf to receive barge delivered turbine components, materials & equipment

The renewable energy parks will connect into the Tasmanian network at Hampshire via a 115 km 220 kV dual circuit transmission line. The majority, approximately 75%, of the transmission line will traverse corporate forestry land. The balance of the transmission line will cross a combination of private land and crown land.

The renewable energy parks and the associated transmission line are being assessed by local government, the state government and the federal government.

The renewable energy parks will create approximately 400 jobs during construction and up to 65 jobs will be created during operation. More broadly it is estimated that during construction approximately $618 m in total value will be added to the Tasmanian economy and $323 m in income will be paid to Tasmanian employees. It is estimated that during the 25 years of operation approximately $32 m per annum in total value will be added to the Tasmanian economy and $17 m per annum will be paid in incomes to Tasmanian employees.

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Tasmanian energy fast facts

  • Tasmania is on track to become 100% self-sufficient in renewables by 2022
  • Tasmania now has a new renewable energy target – 200% of current needs by 2040
  • Tasmania is in the path of the Roaring Forties, winds that blow at consistently high wind speeds and are a fantastic wind resource!