Queensland’s state government recently announced new guidelines for renewable energy developers as another 16 large-scale solar projects prepare to link to the grid.
13 large-scale solar farms have either already been built or are during construction phases in an unprecedented wave of renewable energy investment. Projects are currently being developed everywhere from Cooktown to the Darling Downs, bringing $1.3 billion in investment and over 1,500 construction jobs to Queensland.
The next 16 solar projects will bring a further $3.4 billion dollars and more than 2600 jobs to rural and regional locations across the state,
The new Queensland Solar Farm Guidelines are the state government’s response to demands from industry in regional communities for guarantees in planning procedures. Many solar farms have created debate in their local communities, and the new guidelines offer a checklist for what is required to remain sustainable in the communities. The Solar Farm Guidelines create an essential link between landholders, traditional owners, communities and project leaders to be able to work together on the stages of solar development.
It will also assist local governments to regulate proposed solar farm development fittingly, to safeguard the balance between jobs, potential impacts, and economic activity.