Flinders Island's windy future

Flinders Island in Bass Strait plans to produce all its power from renewable energy sources.

The plan to put up three or four wind turbines and a mini hydro storage system would cost up to $25 million.

A privately-run turbine is already producing 25 per cent of the island's energy.

Flinders Island Council general manager Raoul Harper said residents wanted to make that 100 per cent.

"Being in the top five wind resource areas on the planet the concept of continuing to burn diesel to power the island does seem absurd really," he said.

In the long run Mr Harper said the project would be cost effective because the government would no longer need to pay Hydro Tasmania $3 million a year to supply diesel.

The council is seeking Federal Government funding through its new renewable energy agency.

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