Just months ago large-scale clean energy projects were going gangbusters right across Queensland – bringing jobs and billions worth of investment to the regions. But now, Federal energy policy uncertainty has derailed the large-scale clean energy industry, particularly in Queensland.
Last year, Solar Citizens ‘Renewable Energy Across the Regions’ report showed just how much jobs and investment were happening in renewables in regional Queensland . In 2018, renewables project amounting to more than 1000MW were built in Queensland, creating over 2000 construction jobs.
After previous attempts to slap solar households with unfair charges or the “sun tax”, the AEMC has finally come up with a proposal that looks to the future rather than attempting to maintain the status quo. In a recently released review—“Integrating Distributed Energy Resources for the Grid of the Future”—the AEMC has acknowledged that there is a huge and valuable resource in the amount of rooftop solar DER that Australians have installed.
Meet Tom. His sheep graze under Neoen's Dubbo Solar Farm and he reckons the panels have made the land more productive, especially in the drought.