A solar future: powering Queensland’s renewable energy industries
We are actively growing the renewable energy sector in Queensland - creating jobs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We’ve implemented a comprehensive package of initiatives to support the sustainable growth of solar photovoltaics (PV) in Queensland.
We have set a target for 1 million rooftops or 3,000 megawatts of solar photovoltaics in Queensland by 2020. This will help lower electricity costs for families and businesses, create jobs and protect the environment.
With over 465,000 households already connected to solar, 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.
Our solar target will help Queensland grow solar PV on businesses, community buildings and even large commercial or industrial sites.
A fair price for solar
Following the Queensland Productivity Commission’s public review into solar feed-in pricing, we’ve made some changes to the regional feed-in tariff and monitoring arrangements in South East Queensland. This includes:
- introducing an optional time varying feed-in tariff (T-FiT)
- expanding regional feed-in tariff eligibility to include systems up to 30 kilowatts in size
- continued monitoring of feed-in tariffs in South East Queensland by the Queensland Competition Authority.
To find out more:
- Read about feed-in tariffs for regional customers.
- Download the Queensland Competition Authority’s 2016-17 report into solar feed-in tariffs.
- Read our response to the public review into solar feed-in pricing (PDF, 3.0MB).
Statutory voltage limits
We’ve amended the Electricity Regulation 2006 to align Queensland’s distribution network voltage limits with Australian and international best practice standards.
As a result of the new voltage limits, electrical appliances and equipment will operate more efficiently at lower voltages. Ergon Energy and Energex can also relax their connection requirements, making it easier and cheaper to connect solar PV or battery energy storage systems to the grid.
Advancing Clean Energy Schools
The Advancing Clean Energy Schools program has canvassed the energy industry for ideas to help reduce state school energy costs using solar and energy efficiency measures. The Queensland Government has committed $97 million to delivering solar and energy efficiency solutions for its state schools.
Solar for public housing trial
Public housing tenants face multiple barriers to accessing solar due to high upfront costs and short-term tenancies.
A first-of-its kind trial is being conducted to overcome these barriers and deliver electricity savings to some of the community’s most vulnerable electricity customers.
The solar for public housing trial will deliver up to 6 megawatts of solar, on up to 4,000 government-owned, detached houses.
Solar 150: large-scale solar investment
The Solar 150 initiative, in collaboration with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), will help support the development of local, large-scale solar projects. This will provide a long-term revenue contract to successful Queensland bidders.
Last reviewed 23 September 2019