Southern Queensland Renewable Energy Zones
The Southern Queensland region spans from Maryborough in the north to Stanthorpe in the south, and west to Chinchilla. Southern Queensland is renowned for its agricultural production and strong primary industries, including food and fibre production. The region is also home to abundant resources including coal seam gas, petroleum and minerals, and in recent years has seen an increase in large-scale wind and solar farms.
Renewable Energy Zones (REZs) help to coordinate development in areas of high renewable potential, maximising benefits for regional communities. Working with Powerlink, we have identified five potential REZs in the Southern Queensland region.
There are two In-flight REZs underway (see below) and another three potential future REZs in Southern Queensland. Up to 12,200 megawatts of expected new renewable generation will be installed in REZs. Projects within these REZs are expected to be connected incrementally, meaning workers will have sustainable employment opportunities across multiple projects, over a number of years.
Read more on Southern Queensland Renewable Energy Zones in the draft 2023 Queensland Renewable Energy Zone Roadmap (PDF, 6.1MB).
Community feedback will inform how Queensland REZs are developed and will be published in the final 2023 REZ Roadmap. Email your feedback as a submission to REZRoadmap@epw.qld.gov.au by Friday 22 September 2023.
There will be multiple opportunities in the future for local communities to provide feedback on specific REZs.
In-flight REZs are renewable energy developments that Powerlink are already progressing under the existing National Electricity Rules with some degree of coordination and may be converted to a declared REZ in the future. These In-flight REZs will offer important insights that will inform future REZ development.
There are two In-flight REZs currently being developed by Powerlink in Southern Queensland:
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- Last updated:
- 10 July 2023