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Queenslanders are embracing solar power in droves, with more than 30 per cent of sunshine state homes installing solar panels, as outlined in our latest report.

The Renewables Ready: States Leading the Charge report shows Queensland is planning to rollout 10 large-scale renewable energy projects, generating enough electricity (784MW) to power almost 200,000 homes.

The report highlights 31.6% of Queensland homes have solar panels installed on their rooftops, with the suburb of Elimbah leading the state’s solar suburb uptake with an astonishing 63% of homes becoming ‘solar powerhouses’.

Key Findings include:

  • Queensland is set for a significant increase in renewable energy with strong new renewable energy targets.
  • QLD and NSW are both set for a dramatic increase in renewable energy with the greatest capacity and number (respectively) of projects under construction in 2017.
  • Queensland has the largest number of new renewables projects under construction.

Climate Councillor Andrew Stock, an energy sector veteran who oversaw major project developments including the last three large gas power stations on the east coast, congratulated Queensland’s establishment of a renewable energy target of 50% by 2030 and its goal to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

“This report shows that Australian states and territories are rolling up their sleeves and getting on with the job of tackling climate change,” he said.

“However, fossil fuels continue to dominate electricity supply in Queensland. We urge the state government to outline its final plan on how it will reach its 50% Renewable Energy Target.

“We also urge Queensland to withdraw its support for Adani and other new coal mines in the Galilee and Surat basins, emissions from which would dwarf savings from its renewable policies.”

To find out how the Sunshine State ranks in the great renewables race, download our latest report: Renewables Ready: States Leading the Charge



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