The Australian Solar Council and Energy Storage Council have welcomed the Queensland Government’s commitment to at least 1,000 MW of new renewable energy projects.
“Today’s announcement is great news for Queensland’s economy and environment and tremendous news for Queensland workers,” said John Grimes, Chief Executive of the Australian Solar Council and Energy Storage Council.
“This means thousands of new construction jobs in regional communities and cheaper, cleaner reliable power throughout Queensland.
“Queensland has the best solar resource in the world and it is increasingly a world leader in seizing the economic opportunities from solar and renewable energy.
The Australian Solar Council and Energy Storage Council welcome the commitment of up to $50 million to help build a solar thermal plant in Queensland.
“Solar thermal provides 24-hour solar power. Energy from the sun is stored and can be used anytime day or night. That’s so smart – clean, secure power.
“We welcome the formation of CleanCo, a government-owned clean energy power company that will compete in the wholesale market and drive power bills down.
With at least 50 per cent renewables by 2030, and $97 million for solar and energy efficiency measures for schools, the future for Queensland is bright.
“Queensland voters now face a stark choice at the ballot box between 1,000 megawatts of new renewable energy projects or zero megawatts of renewable energy, between a new solar thermal plant providing 24-hour solar power or a new coal-fired power station,” said Grimes.