Queensland has officially become the Solar State with new figures confirming that combined solar rooftops are now Queensland’s largest power station – surpassing the 1,680 megawatt power station in Gladstone.
Energy Minister Mark Bailey announced the milestone on Wednesday at the Energy Users Association of Australia (EUAA)’s annual Energy Conference yesterday, saying that “as of 1 May, there are now more than 438,000 residential rooftops with solar connections and 1,706 megawatts of solar in Queensland.
“This means that our rooftops are the largest generation capacity in the State,” said Minister Bailey.
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The Minister added that Queensland currently had the highest installed capacity of rooftop solar panels in Australia and one of the highest penetration rates of anywhere in the world.
“We’re turning the Sunshine State into the Solar State and we’re well on our way to meeting our target for one million Queensland rooftops with solar or 3,000 megawatts of total solar by 2020,” he said.
Large scale projects such as the 25 megawatt Barcaldine Solar Farm are beginning to feed into Queensland’s power grid and more large scale projects will start to come online in the near future including the Whitsunday Solar Farm, Kidston Solar Project, Oakey Solar Farm, and the Longreach Solar Farm – a move which, it is hoped, will help to lower electricity prices across the state.