Achieving our renewable energy targets
Queensland’s energy policy aligns with and contributes to the Queensland emissions reduction targets.
In 2015 we started a renewable energy boom in Queensland to:
- reduce emissions
- create new jobs
- diversify the state’s economy.
We have seen a $5.5 billion investment in large-scale renewable energy projects, creating 5,000 jobs during construction.
We set a target for 1 million rooftops or 3,000 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) in Queensland by 2020. This goal was reached in October 2018.
There is now more than 4,000 megawatts of small and large-scale solar power, effectively making solar power the largest power station in the state.
With over 580,000 solar systems already connected, Queensland has the highest number of installations in Australia. This number continues to grow as solar PV is cheaper than grid-supplied electricity in many cases.
Queensland is expected to supply 20% of its electricity consumption with renewable energy sources by the end of 2020, making significant progress to reaching its 50% renewable energy target by 2030.
Managing the right approach to this target will ensure we continue to maintain affordable, reliable, secure and low emission electricity supply into the future.
Renewable energy initiatives
Our renewable energy initiatives include programs for households, schools and businesses, as well as dedicated projects for Queensland’s regional areas and remote communities.
Clean energy in schools
The Advancing Clean Energy Schools Program will deliver solar power and energy efficiency solutions for Queensland state schools.
Solar for public housing
Queensland’s solar for public housing trial will deliver up to 6 megawatts of solar, on up to 4,000 government-owned, detached houses.
Solar 150 projects
Our Solar 150 program supports 4 projects through long-term revenue guarantees: Edify Energy’s Whitsunday Solar Farm, Genex’s Kidston Solar Farm, and Canadian Solar’s Longreach Solar Farm and Oakey Stage 1.
Solar for remote communities
In Queensland’s far north, solar for remote communities will see renewable energy systems installed in 4 Indigenous communities.
Interest-free loans for solar and storage
To drive the continued uptake of solar, we allocated $21 million over 3 years in no-interest loans and rebates for Queenslanders purchasing solar and battery systems.
Solar for rentals
In Bundaberg, Gladstone and Townsville, the solar for rentals trial provided landlords and tenants with a financial incentive to install solar and share the financial benefits.
Renewables 400 conducted a reverse auction for up to 400 megawatts of renewable energy capacity. Ten projects were shortlisted to progress to the next stage.
In 2019, CleanCo was established as Queensland’s first publicly owned clean energy company to deliver affordable clean energy for Queenslanders.
Find out more
- View our interactive electricity generation map to explore where these renewable generation projects are and how they contribute to our energy mix.
- Read more about renewable energy for your business.
- For energy enquiries, contact 13 43 87 during business hours.
Last updated 2 April 2020