Wind power

Wind power

Hydro Tasmania’s operational wind farms are built in the prevailing westerly winds, the roaring 40s, which are a world class wind asset. The Huxley Hill wind farm on King Island is owned and operated by Hydro Tasmania. The Musselroe,  Studland Bay and Bluff Point Wind Farms are operated under a joint venture between Shenhua Clean Energy (SCE) and Hydro Tasmania, an entity known as Woolnorth Wind Farm Holding Pty Ltd. SCE owns a 75 per cent share in the wind farms, and Hydro Tasmania retains 25 per cent.

Huxley Hill Wind Farm

Our first wind farm, Huxley Hill, was built on King Island in Bass Strait in 1998, it was the second commercial wind farm in Australia. Find out more about the role of wind in the integrated renewable power development on King Island >

TasWind concept

TasWind was a concept to develop a 200-turbine wind farm on King Island announced in November 2012. The concept included the power generated being connected to the National Electricity Market (NEM) via a high-voltage underwater cable across Bass Strait to Victoria.

The first stage of a feasibility study had been underway for just over a year when, on 27 October 2014, the business announced that it would not proceed any further with the project. Read more here.

Date commissioned 2013
Generating capacity 168.00 MW
Number of Turbines 56
Type of Turbines wind V90s

The Musselroe Wind Farm has 56 wind turbines with a generating capacity of 168 MW – Tasmania’s largest wind farm. A new transmission connects the wind farm to the electricity grid at Derby.

Wind has been monitored at Musselroe site since the early 1980s and this data suggests that the area’s wind resource is world class.

Musselroe Wind Farm Musselroe Wind Farm Musselroe Wind Farm Musselroe Wind Farm
Date commissioned 2002 - 2004
Generating capacity 65.00 MW
Number of Turbines 37
Type of Turbines Wind

65 MW Bluff Point Wind Farm was completed in two stages - stage one in August 2002 and stage two in June 2004. Stage one consisted of just six Vestas 1.75 MW turbines, stage two expanded the wind farm with a further 31 of the same turbines.

Bluff Point Wind Farm and visitors centre Contruction at the Bluff Point site Stairs to enter the turbine Ladder to climb to the top
Date commissioned 2007
Generating capacity 75.00 MW
Number of Turbines 25
Type of Turbines Wind

The last stage of the Woolnorth development was started in January 2006 and completed in May 2007. Larger Vestas V90 3 MW turbines were used. The 25 turbines have a generating capacity of 75 MW.

Studland Bay turbines with cattle grazing Wind turbine in lovely weather The entrance to the turbine A view out the top of the Nacelle