THE UPTAKE OF rooftop solar across Australia has soared to unprecedented levels with Queensland topping the nation, a new report from the Climate Council has found.
The Moreton Bay and Logan City Council regions lead the charge. More than 70% of Elimbah households in the Moreton Bay region now have rooftop solar - a national record. In the Logan City Council area, more than 60% of households in the suburbs of Jimboombah and Maclean have installed solar.
The Climate Council’s CEO Amanda McKenzie said Queensland’s leadership on rooftop solar should provide inspiration to other Australians.
“Replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy is essential if we are to tackle intensifying climate change and the people of the Sunshine State are rising to the challenge,” said Ms McKenzie.
“As a Queenslander, I’m proud to say we’re topping the solar charts. Thousands of people living around Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast are installing solar, which means we are reducing our power bills and helping to address global warming,” said Climate Councillor Professor Karen Hussey.
DATE: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2019
LOCATION: Speakers Corner (15 George Street, Brisbane City)
TALENT: Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie and Climate Councillor Professor Karen Hussey
VISION: Drone footage of rooftop solar in Elimbah (Moreton Bay region) and Jimboomba and Maclean (Logan City area) + vox pops with locals + vision of large-scale renewable projects in QLD.
The report also finds that Queensland is more vulnerable to climate change than any other state or territory in Australia.
“Climate change is already wreaking havoc in Queensland. We’ve even seen fires burning in rainforests, sea levels are rising and flood risk is increasing. That’s why it is so heartening to know that Queenslanders are driving the charge to renewable power,” said Professor Hussey.
There will soon be almost 10,000 jobs in the renewable energy sector in QLD, more than any other state or territory.
In dozens of QLD suburbs and towns more than 50% of households now have solar.
Queensland’s mining towns have potential to benefit from renewable energy as regions like Mt Isa have large deposits of minerals required in the production of batteries and solar panels.
Queensland is the most vulnerable state in Australia to climate change. It is highly exposed to extreme weather, and has borne 60% of the total economic costs of extreme weather in Australia in the decade from 2007 to 2016.
While Queensland is facing considerable challenges as a result of climate change, there are also significant opportunities for the Sunshine State.
The areas around Cloncurry and Mt Isa are some of the world’s richest mineral producing regions containing copper, lead and zinc as well as major silver and phosphate deposits.
“These minerals are likely to grow in demand with the global transition to a clean energy economy. Copper and zinc are required to produce solar panels, while lead is essential in battery production ,” said Ms McKenzie.
“Jobs in thermal coal will continue to be insecure as the world moves towards renewable energy, but there are likely to be more jobs in different types of mining. Cloncurry and Mt Isa have enormous potential to benefit from solar and batteries,” said Ms McKenzie.
Queensland currently has more jobs in the renewables sector than any other state or territory. Projects under construction or about to begin will create more than 4,500 jobs in the state and deliver almost $10 billion in investment.
This is in addition to the 5,080 current jobs in the sector today.
To see QLD’s Top 10 Solar Postcodes - see attachment.
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