Sunshine State leading Australia’s renewable future

Four of Australia’s top 5 rooftop solar postcodes are in Queensland with Bundaberg at the top of the list.

Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said Queensland had reaffirmed its reputation as the Sunshine State.

Referring to the Clean Energy Council report, released today, Dr Lynham said: “Queensland fills six of the top 10 rooftop solar postcodes in Australia, by number of installations.

“Sitting at the top is Bundaberg with 12,620 installations with a capacity of 47,500 KW.

“In fact, Queensland has four of the top five places with Hervey Bay ( 11,387 and 39,674kW), Caloundra (9956 and 32,177kW) at No 4 and Toowoomba (9386 and 36,147kW) at No 5,” Dr Lynham said.

“Only Mandurah in Western Australia, prevented Queensland from a clean sweep at the top of the table.

Nerang and Carrara (8208 and 31,6678k) is at No 7 and Mackay (8091 and 38,194kW) at No 8.

“Queenslanders are embracing the financial and environmental benefits of solar,” Dr Lynham said.

“Queensland is leading the way on renewables as the Palaszczuk Government heads towards its target of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030.

“Palaszczuk Government initiatives, encouraging the take-up of rooftop solar and batteries and creating an environment that has been embraced by the solar industry across the state, particularly in regional areas, is paying dividends across-the-board for Queenslanders.”

The report by the peak body for Australia’s clean energy industry also highlighted:

  • Of the 87 large-scale solar projects that are under construction or committed, 26 per cent are in Queensland;
  • Total renewable generation increased from 4,984 GWh in 2017 to 6,206 GWh in 2018 – an increase of 25 per cent in total output and
  • Queensland has the highest number of solar PV systems, total installed capacity and number of accredited installers and designers.

It also points to Palaszczuk Government initiatives such as the $1.16b Powering Queensland Plan and $97 million for solar and energy-saving devices in schools as “key programs, policies and initiatives”.

“And it is not only in rooftop and small capacity solar that Queensland is excelling,” Dr Lynham said.

“We have more than $5 billion worth of large-scale renewable energy projects that are operational, committed or underway in Queensland.

“Together, they are creating more than 4600 jobs.

“It is clear that renewable energy is the way forward and it is the states, with Queensland at the forefront, taking action.”

Dr Lynham said the report also referred to a policy vacuum at Commonwealth level.

Page 21 of the report says:

“Most state governments have worked to fill the void left by the absence of a national climate and energy policy.

“State and territory policies have been crucial in driving new investment.”

Dr Lynham said Queensland missed opportunities for industry and potentially 1300 jobs during the Newman administration.

“There was no uptake of large renewable projects during that time and now Queensland, with the Palaszczuk Government leading the way, is setting the pace on a national level.”

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