24 January 2018 –
Large-scale renewable energy projects are generating new energy, new jobs and new investment in regional Queensland, with the Western Downs Regional Council hosting 10 proposed projects.
The 10 solar farms and Cooper’s Gap wind farm combined would support 3,120 construction jobs, $5.5 billion in investment and 2.41 gigawatts of installed electricity generation.
The impact on the Western Downs is significant; the region’s unemployment rate is 4.8% – 1% below the state average. There is new investment and renewed optimism on the Western Downs.
This region is not only placed to support the billions of dollars’ worth of development being attracted, it also has the skilled workforce to fill the thousands of real regional jobs being generated.
The State Government is determined to achieve a 50% 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 with the promise of 15,000 construction jobs.
Renewables are a key part of the Government’s Powering Queensland Future Plan. During last year’s State election we 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 has also committed to establishing a new publically owned CleanCo with a mandate to deliver 1,000MW of renewable energy with a focus on flexible dispatchable generation.