Queensland’s Western Downs region is the host of ten proposed large-scale renewable energy projects generating new energy in regional areas.
Ten solar farms and Cooper’s Gap Wind Farm combined would create $5.5 billion in investment and 2.41GW of installed electricity generation.
Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said the State Government was determined to achieve a 50 per cent share of electricity generation from renewable sources by 2030, and the pipeline of projects – under construction, planned and proposed – valued at more than $20 billion.
“The impact on the Western Downs is very significant,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
Western Downs Regional Council Mayor, Paul McVeigh, said the region was placed to support the billions of dollars’ worth of development being attracted.
“We are immensely proud of what the Western Downs is contributing to the Queensland and Australian economies,” Mr McVeigh said.
During the 2017 Queensland state election the government committed to $151.6 million in new investment for renewable energy generation including:
- $97 million for solar schools
- $50 million down payment for a new solar thermal power plant
- $1 million study for renewable solutions for the Daintree
- $3.6 million to help decarbonise remote communities
The government also committed to establish a new publicly owned CleanCo with a mandate to deliver 1000MW of renewable energy with a focus on flexible dispatchable generation.