Law Reform · Energy & Climate

Qld Solar Farm Guidelines: comment before 11 May

06 April, 2018

Have your say on the draft Queensland Solar Farm Guidelines, currently on public exhibition before 11 May.

The Queensland Government recognises that the outstanding climatic conditions of the State make it an ideal hub for solar generation, which will go a long way towards helping the State achieve its 50% renewable target in the next 12 years.

18 large-scale solar projects are under construction across the State, and the draft guidelines are intended to help create a framework for projects to be developed in harmony with other land uses, and in a way that balances the interests of all stakeholders and is supported by the community.

EDO Qld welcomes the Queensland Solar Farm Guidelines as a way of improving support for the renewable energy industry in Queensland. Solar generation projects represent a viable alternative to Queensland’s traditional reliance on coal-fired power, which is a proven contributor to global warming.

As solar farms generally require extensive vegetation clearing and earthworks, all proposed sites should be subject to a detailed assessment of:

  • environmental values;
  • cultural significance; and
  • agricultural values.

EDO Qld values the importance placed on community engagement at all stages of the solar farm lifecycle, and the information provided to assist community members to understand and engage with assessment processes.

The draft guidelines can be accessed here.

Landholders, community groups, project developers, and local councils are invited to attend a forum about the guidelines or submit a written submission by filling out a survey.

Community forums will be held at these locations:

Comments via an online survey can be provided here.

Detailed written submissions can be emailed to largescalesolar@dnrme.qld.gov.au or posted to:

Queensland Solar Farm Guidelines - Practical guidance for communities, landowners and project proponents
Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
PO Box 15456, City East, Qld 4002

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