Across our sunburnt country, a growing number of solar and wind farms are pumping out clean and affordable energy. Australia’s three million solar homes and businesses now make up the country’s largest power station, and now more Australians than ever are looking to make the switch to cleaner electric transport, too.
At the same time, Australia is well-placed to capitalise on emerging opportunities to export renewable hydrogen and ‘green’ commodities, such as steel and aluminium, as the world moves towards a low-carbon future, far from being a choice between credible climate action and thriving regional employment, Australia can have the best of both worlds by utilising cheap solar and wind energy to expand onshore manufacturing and minerals processing.
The next Federal Government must urgently act to capitalise on these opportunities to accelerate the transition to cheap renewable energy, new clean industries, and affordable electric transport.
North Queensland has all the right ingredients to power up new manufacturing industries with abundant and cheap renewable energy.
There are already several manufacturing and minerals processing projects proposed in Townsville that would create 11,000 jobs if they proceed and are powered by new solar, wind and storage plants.
The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) is proposing to change the rules that govern our energy system in a move that would see solar households charged for exporting their clean power to the grid.
There are several concerning aspects to the AEMC’s Draft Rule Determination. In this blog we explore why Solar Citizens does not support charging solar homes and businesses for exporting excess solar energy.
Recent news headlines have shown the destructive potential of mining project operations on Aboriginal land and cultural heritage sites . Renewable projects, like large scale solar and wind farms, are however not exempt from also potentially causing harm to Aboriginal land, and disregarding First Nations cultural heritage and ongoing connection to country.
The Queensland State Government has an opportunity to turn the Sunshine State into a thriving clean energy powerhouse. With the right investments, new solar, wind and storage projects can unlock abundant cheap energy and new manufacturing industries for the state.
Our full list of Queensland state policy recommendations for 2021 can be downloaded here.