We are committed to growing our renewable energy industry—and creating jobs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
We've set up a range of initiatives to promote further investment into renewable energy developments.
We have set a target for one million rooftops or 3000 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) in Queensland by 2020. This will help lower electricity costs for families and businesses, create jobs and protect the environment.
With over 425,000 households already connected to solar, Queensland has the highest number of installations in Australia. This number continues to grow as solar PV is cheaper than grid-supplied electricity in many cases.
Our solar target will help Queensland grow solar PV on businesses, community buildings and even large commercial or industrial sites.
The Queensland Productivity Commission (QPC) has completed its public review into a fair price for small scale solar energy exported to the electricity grid.
We have provided our response to the final report and QPC recommendations (PDF, 3.0MB). As a result of this review, we will be making some changes to the regional feed-in tariff and monitoring arrangements in South East Queensland:
We have also committed to supporting up to 150 megawatts of solar generation to encourage large-scale solar generation and investment in Queensland.
The Solar 150 initiative, in collaboration with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), will help support the development of local, large-scale solar projects. This will provide a long-term revenue contract to successful Queensland bidders.
A renewable energy study is investigating the development of a renewable energy economy in Queensland. The study is focused on public consultation and community engagement, providing an opportunity for all Queenslanders to contribute.
The Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply launched an independent Renewable Energy Expert Panel on 27 January 2016 - to assist this process and to consider a credible pathway to achieving 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030.
It will not be long before Queenslanders can choose to install battery storage systems to capture and use excess solar power. Battery storage technology is improving and costs are reducing rapidly worldwide, just as solar PV costs have reduced over the last seven years. With solar PV and battery storage you will be able to generate your own solar power during the day and then store it to use at night, or to use if you need back-up power during extreme weather events. You will still be able sell clean solar energy back into the grid exactly when it is needed, helping to keep power costs lower for everyone.
There are so many different ways to access solar power, and many of them don't require money upfront. Solar power purchase agreements, solar leasing, and other financing options mean you don't need a big deposit to benefit from solar power.
The Clean Energy Council publishes a handy guide on how to get started with your solar installation.