Re­new­able En­ergy

The Australian Energy Review - - CONTENTS - CAMERON DRUM­MOND

DUR­ING a visit to the Clare So­lar Farm in Ayr, QLD Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk an­nounced a com­mit­ment of more than $150 mil­lion to ex­pand re­new­able en­ergy in the State. “We know there is a re­new­able en­ergy boom in this State,” Ms Palaszczuk said. “We an­tic­i­pate there is go­ing to be in the or­der of $20 bil­lion worth of in­vest­ment hap­pen­ing in Queens­land. “That has the ca­pa­bil­ity of cre­at­ing more than 15,000 jobs and these jobs are pre­dom­i­nantly in re­gional Queens­land.” Ms Palaszczuk said $50 mil­lion would go into the con­struc­tion of a new so­lar ther­mal baseload gen­er­a­tor, and $97m on in­stalling so­lar pan­els at QLD schools. An ad­di­tional $3.6m would go to help­ing re­mote com­mu­ni­ties re­duce their car­bon foot­print. The move is part of the gov­ern­ment’s strat­egy to reach its goal of 50 per cent re­new­able en­ergy by 2030. Clean En­ergy Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Kane Thorn­ton said the re­new­able en­ergy and stor­age in­dus­try had in­vested strongly in QLD over the last few years, and a large part of that is due to the sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment which had been cre­ated for busi­ness. “Queens­land has led the na­tion in rooftop so­lar pan­els for years, and the many big wind and so­lar projects which are un­der­way across the state are em­ploy­ing thou­sands of lo­cals and gen­er­at­ing eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties in re­gional parts of the state,” Mr Thorn­ton said. “Along with the state’s strong re­new­able en­ergy tar­get of 50 per cent by 2030, the new pledge of $50m for a so­lar ther­mal power plant and al­most $100m for so­lar pan­els in schools will help to ac­cel­er­ate a 21st cen­tury en­ergy sys­tem for the sun­shine state.

“That has the ca­pa­bil­ity of cre­at­ing more than 15,000 jobs and these jobs are pre­dom­i­nantly in re­gional Queens­land.”

“Fund­ing to help re­mote com­mu­ni­ties de­car­bonise is also very wel­come, along with in­ves­ti­gat­ing the fea­si­bil­ity of a bat­tery mega-fac­tory in North Queens­land.”

Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk with En­ergy Min­is­ter Mark Bai­ley and La­bor can­di­date for Bur­dekin Mike Brunker with some of the 250 work­ers build­ing the Clare so­lar farm near Ayr.

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