Renewable energy projects to ‘create 2500 job years’ in CQ
A new report claims turbocharging the state's renewable energy rollout could create an extra 2500 job years around the Isaac region over the next decade.
Community group Solar Citizens's report details the findings as international pressure ramps up on the Australian Government to adopt more ambitious climate and clean energy targets.
The group said fast-tracking the energy transition could create an extra 22,000 construction and installation job years in Queensland by 2030 compared with business as usual.
A 'job year' refers to one year of work for one person.
Based on future scenario modelling from the Australian Energy Market Operator, the job figures take into account additional jobs that could be created in small and large-scale solar, wind and household batteries if Australia embraces stronger emission reduction targets.
The report, titled A Bright Renewable Future for Queensland, said Central Queensland was one of the main regions set to reap the rewards from more solar and wind energy development.
The group said modelling also showed that "stronger climate and renewable energy commitments" from the federal and state government would likely boost renewable energy investment around Mackay, the Darling Downs and Far North Queensland.
Solar Citizens' energy strategist Stephanie Gray said fast-tracking Queensland's rollout of renewable energy could result in 44,000 clean energy job years created in the installation of solar, wind and distributed storage by 2030.
"The move to cleaner energy is a no-brainer here in the Sunshine State," Ms Gray said.
"Hundreds of thousands of Queenslanders are already seeing solar savings from their rooftop, and large-scale solar and wind projects are pushing ageing coal stations out of the market because they provide cheaper electricity.
"If we go beyond Queensland's 50 per cent renewable energy target we'll see a surge of regional clean energy jobs that will help communities rebound from the economic downturn."
Solar Citizens describes itself as an "independent, community-based organisation working to protect and grow renewable energy in Australia".