Is Queensland renewable ready?
Queensland is fortunate to have a landscape suitable for solar and wind generation. We have the ideal geography for large-scale pumped hydro. We also have the minerals underground needed to make batteries, wind turbines and solar panels.
By the end of 2023, renewable sources are generating 27% of our electricity, including wind, solar, hydropower and bioenergy. Check our progress on our renewable energy tracker.
Public and private sectors are working together to support the growth of renewable energy, so we can achieve our 80% renewable energy target by 2035.
What is changing?
More renewable energy projects are being added to our grid, including more wind and solar farms. By 2035, our publicly owned coal-fired power stations will be repurposed into clean energy hubs and will continue to play a critical role in the energy system.
This changing energy mix means our network infrastructure (including poles and wires) also need to change. We are moving from a system with a few, very large generators (such as our coal-fired generators), to a system with lots of generators located across the state.
New high voltage ‘backbone’ transmission lines will move much higher amounts of clean electricity from generation sites to where it is needed.
More energy storage is also being added to the system, to make sure we have electricity when it is needed. Large-scale storage solutions, such as batteries and pumped hydro facilities, will help to power the grid at times of peak demand or when the sun is not shining and the wind is not blowing.
- Last updated:
- 11 December 2023