8 May, 2020 –
Five major shopping centres in Australia, including four here in Queensland will soon have solar panels covering their entire roofs as part of the first phase of a new partnership to deliver 15MW of renewable energy.
The new partnership between Energy Queensland’s renewables business, Yurika, and Queensland Investment Corporation will deliver 15MW of renewables across five major shopping centre sites: Robina Town Centre on the Gold Coast (pictured); Logan Hyperdome; Grand Central Shopping Centre in Toowoomba; Domain Central in Townsville; and Melbourne Water Gardens Shopping Centre in Victoria.
Domain Central will be the first to benefit and will become the first shopping centre in Australia to be fully energy self-sustained within three years.
This partnership will start with the delivery of solar panels, batteries and 24/7 monitoring technology and the ability to add additional renewable options such as electric vehicle charging stations.
This is an exciting step towards Queensland’s clean energy future. To date, we’ve got $6 billion of renewable energy investment; 3,240 megawatts of renewable energy built or underway; AND these projects have created around 5,300 jobs.
We’re on track to exceed 20 per cent of energy from renewables this year and on target to reach 50 per cent by 2030.
Queensland’s renewable energy revolution is also helping put downward pressure on our state’s electricity prices. We have the energy trifecta: the lowest average prices on the eastern seaboard, reliable supply and a planned path to a renewable future.