Achieving our renewable energy targets
In 2015 we started a renewable energy boom in Queensland to reduce emissions, create new jobs and diversify the state’s economy by establishing a 50% renewable energy target by 2030
Queensland now boasts 44 large-scale renewable energy projects (operating, under construction or financially committed). This represents $9.9billion of investment, 7000 construction jobs, -5156 megawatts of clean energy and more than 12.6 million tonnes of avoided emissions each year (current as at March 2021).
Combined with rooftop solar, the state has 6200MW of renewable energy capacity, putting downward pressure on electricity prices.
Around 20% of electricity used in Queensland is produced from renewable energy sources (current as at January 2021).
Renewable energy initiatives
Queensland renewable energy zones (QREZ)
The $145 million QREZ initiative will grow Queensland’s position as an investment destination for large-scale renewable energy projects, creating more regional jobs.
Clean energy in schools
The Advancing Clean Energy Schools Program will deliver solar power and energy efficiency solutions for Queensland state schools.
Solar 150 projects
Our Solar 150 program supports 4 projects through long-term revenue guarantees: Edify Energy’s Whitsunday Solar Farm, Genex’s Kidston Solar Farm, and Canadian Solar’s Longreach Solar Farm and Oakey Stage 1.
Solar for remote communities
In Queensland’s far north, solar for remote communities will see renewable energy systems installed in 4 Indigenous communities.
In 2019, CleanCo was established as Queensland’s first publicly owned clean energy company to deliver affordable clean energy for Queenslanders.
The Queensland Government initiated the Renewables 400 reverse auction for up to 400 megawatts of renewable energy capacity. Ten projects were shortlisted to progress to the next stage. CleanCo delivered Renewables 400 given the integral role it plays in the government’s commitment to a clean energy future. Through Renewables 400 CleanCo has entered into a power purchase agreement with Acciona to support 400 megawatts (MW) of new capacity at the MacIntyre Wind Farm. This complements a further 102 MW of capacity at the site that will be owned and operated by CleanCo - adding to the state’s publicly owned electricity assets.
Find out more
- View our interactive electricity generation map to explore where these renewable generation projects are and how they contribute to our energy mix.
- Read more about renewable energy for your business.
- For energy enquiries, contact 13 43 87 during business hours.
- Last updated:
- 27 April 2021