Dr Anthony Lynham


Sunshine State leading Australia’s renewable future

Rooftop solar trial for regional households

10 April, 2019 –

Four of Australia’s top five rooftop solar postcodes are in the Sunshine State, and Bundaberg is at the top of the list – 12,620 installations with a capacity of 47,500 KW.

The Clean Energy Council’s recent report lists Australia’s top rooftop solar postcodes, by number of installations.

Also in the top five is Hervey Bay at No 3 (11,387 and 39,674kW), Caloundra (9,956 and 32,177kW), at No 4 and Toowoomba (9,386 and 36,147kW) at No 5.

Only Mandurah in Western Australia, prevented Queensland from a clean sweep at the top of the table.

Queenslanders are embracing the financial and environmental benefits of solar. We’re leading the way on renewables as the Palaszczuk Government heads towards its target of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030.

Palaszczuk Government initiatives – encouraging the take-up of rooftop solar and batteries, and creating an environment that has been embraced by the solar industry across the state, particularly in regional areas –is paying dividends across-the-board for Queenslanders.

The Clean Energy Council’s report also highlights that:

  • Of the 87 large-scale solar projects that are under construction or committed, 26 per cent are in Queensland;
  • Total renewable generation increased from 4,984 GWh in 2017 to 6,206 GWh in 2018 – an increase of 25 per cent in total output; and
  • Queensland has the highest number of solar PV systems, total installed capacity and number of accredited installers and designers.

The report also points to Palaszczuk Government initiatives such as the $1.16 billion Powering Queensland Plan and $97 million for solar and energy-saving devices in schools as “key programs, policies and initiatives”.

And it is not only in rooftop and small capacity solar that Queensland is excelling. We have more than $5 billion worth of large-scale renewable energy projects that are operational, committed or underway in Queensland.

Together, they are creating more than 4,600 jobs.

It is clear that renewable energy is the way forward and it is the states, with Queensland at the forefront, taking action.