More than 600,000 Queensland homes and small businesses now have rooftop solar panels helping drive down their power bills.
Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said one in three Queensland homes was now equipped with rooftop solar.
“The ‘Sunshine State’ is fast becoming the ‘Solar State’,” Dr Lynham said.
“Queensland has one of the highest penetrations of solar in the world.”
“Four of Australia’s top-five solar postcodes are in Queensland, with Bundaberg number one and Hervey Bay, Mackay and Toowoomba at three, four and five
“Caloundra comes in at ninth and then Beenleigh at number 10.”
“This is good news for the environment, good news for household power bills, and good news for jobs and business in the renewables industry.”
“This milestone demonstrates Queenslanders are serious about turning to renewable energy to reduce their power bills and emissions.”
Dr. Lynham said renewables now had become the cheapest form of energy generation, which helped to put downward pressure on energy prices.
Queensland’s renewable program also includes large scale renewable projects. Over the past five years, 40 large-scale renewable energy projects have commenced operations, are under construction, or are financially committed, representing around $7.5 billion in investment and more than 6000 jobs in construction.
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