The renewable energy sector is experiencing unprecedented activity, with at least 61 projects under construction, committed or completed in 2018.

These projects will deliver over $11 billion in investment, 6546 MW of new renewable energy capacity and create more than 6861 direct jobs.
(Information on this page is current as of 14 June 2018)

This investment is occurring due to the extraordinary cost reductions achieved in renewable energy, underpinned by the bipartisan support for the 2020 Renewable Energy Target (RET) as well as support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and various initiatives of state and territory governments.

Large-scale renewable energy jobs and investment by state

Queensland and New South Wales will benefit strongly this year from wind and large-scale solar, with projects also firing up in South Australia and Victoria.

State and territory governments have been instrumental in bringing much of this investment forward and restoring confidence to the sector.

Given the nature of renewable energy projects, regional parts of the country will benefit from many of these job opportunities, while the projects will provide flow-on benefits to the many different businesses involved.

State No. of projects
Queensland 27
New South Wales 12
South Australia 7
Victoria 12
Western Australia 2
Tasmania 1

 

Large-scale renewable energy jobs and investment by technology

Technology MW Investment (A$m) Jobs
Solar*

3019.7

5460.8

4451

Wind*

3559.9

6512

2430

*Both totals include projects with combined wind and solar technologies. 

See the tables below for more detailed information on each project.

Projects completed in 2018

Tech

State

Owner

Project

MW

Investment (A$m)

Jobs

Solar

QLD

Conergy – Lakeland Solar & Storage P/L

Lakeland Solar & Storage Project

13.0

42.5

60

Wind

VIC

Windlab

Kiata Wind Farm

31.0

75

70

Solar

WA

APA

Emu Downs

20.0

47.2

100

Solar

QLD

Canadian Solar & Scouller Energy

Normanton Solar Farm

5.0

14

20

Solar

NSW

New Gullen Range Wind Farm

Gullen Range Solar Farm

10.0

26

70

Solar

QLD

Genex

Kidston Solar (Stage 1)

50.0

126

100

Solar

VIC

Wirsol Energy and Edify Energy

Gannawarra Solar Farm (Stage 1)

60

100

50

Solar

NSW

Neoen

Griffith Solar Farm 

36.0

230

250

Solar

NSW

Neoen

Parkes Solar Farm

66.0

   

Projects under construction

Tech

State

Owner

Project

MW

Investment (A$m)

Jobs

Wind

TAS

Westcoat Wind Pty Ltd

Granville Harbour Wind Farm

112.0

280

200

Solar

QLD

FRV

Clare Solar Farm

100.0

190

200

Wind

NSW

Goldwind

White Rock (Stage 1)

175.0

400

300

Wind

QLD

RATCH

Mt Emerald Wind Farm

181.0

380

150

Wind

SA

Nexif Energy

Lincoln Gap Wind Farm (Stage 1)

126.0

450

110

Solar

QLD

Lighthouse Solar

Emerald Solar Park

72.0

100

150

Wind

QLD

AGL/PARF

Coopers Gap Wind Farm

453

850

200

Bioenergy

QLD

MSF Sugar

Tableland Sugar Mill

24.0

75

80

Wind

VIC

Pacific Hydro

Yaloak South

29.0

130

 

Wind

VIC

Acciona

Mt Gellibrand (Stage 1)

132.0

258

100-150

Wind

NSW

Partners Group and CWP Renewables

Sapphire

270.0

588

200

Solar

QLD

Canadian Solar

Oakey 2 Solar Farm

70.0

110

100

Solar

QLD

Canadian Solar

Longreach Solar Farm

15.0

31

30

Solar

QLD

Canadian Solar

Oakey 1 Solar Farm

25.0

56

50

Solar

QLD

Sun Metals

Sun Metals Solar Farm

116.0

155

210

Solar

QLD

RATCH

Collinsville

42

100

120

Wind

NSW

Global Power Generation Australia

Crookwell 2

91.0

200

80

Wind

SA

Engie

Willogoleche Wind Farm

119.0

250

 

Solar

QLD

Edify Energy

Whitsunday Solar Farm

58.0

122.4

200

Solar

QLD

Edify Energy and Wirsol

Hamilton Solar Farm

58.0

   

Solar

QLD

Palisade Investment Partners and ESCO Pacific

Ross River Solar Farm

116.0

225

150

Wind

VIC

Tilt Renewables

Salt Creek Wind Farm

54.0

100

100

Solar

NSW

Neoen

Dubbo Solar Farm

25.0

55.6

 

Hybrid

QLD

Windlab and Eurus Energy

Kennedy Energy Park

58.0

155

100

Wind

NSW

PARF

Silverton Wind Farm

199.0

460

150

Solar

SA

Enel Green Power and DIF (Dutch Infrastructure Fund)

Bungala Solar Project

220.0

450

350

Solar

NSW

ARENA

White Rock Solar Farm

20

44.5

75

Solar

QLD

Lighthouse Solar

Hughenden Solar Farm

20.0

34.08

36

Solar

SA

SSE Australia

Whyalla Solar Farm (Stage 1)

6.0

 

20

Wind

VIC

Pacific Hydro

Crowlands

80.0

   

Wind

NSW

Infigen Energy

Bodangora Wind Farm

113.0

236

120

Solar

NSW

First Solar

Manildra Solar Farm

49.0

   

Solar

QLD

Edify Energy

Hayman Solar Farm

50

79

100

Solar

QLD

Edify Energy

Daydream Solar Farm

150

236

300

Solar

QLD

Ydot Projects

Dunblane Solar Farm

11.0

   

Solar

WA

Carnegie/Lend Lease

Northam

10.0

20.0

 

Solar

NSW

Pamada

Pamada - Upper Hunter Energy Park

10.0

   

Solar

SA

Renew Power Group

Peterborough Solar Farm

4.9

9.5

 
Wind VIC Goldwind Stockyard Hill Wind Farm 530 700 300

 

Projects with financial commitment – to start construction in 2018

Tech

State

Owner

Project

MW

Investment (A$m)

Jobs

Wind

VIC

Goldwind

Stockyard Hill Wind Farm

530.0

700

30

Solar

QLD

FRV

Lilyvale Solar Farm

100.0

400

200

Solar

SA

Snowy Hydro

Tailem Bend

100.0

200

200

Solar

VIC

Overland Sun Farming

Yatpool Solar Park

112.0

500

200

Solar

VIC

Overland Sun Farming

Iraak Solar Farm

112.0

   

Solar

VIC

Overland Sun Farming / Wirsol (Wemen only)

Wemen Solar Farm

109.0

   

Wind

VIC

Future Energy

Maroona Wind Farm

6.9

   

Solar

SA

Lyon Group

Riverland Solar Farm

330.0

700

270

Solar

QLD

APA Group

Darling Downs

106.8

217

200

Solar

QLD

ESCO Pacific

Childers Solar Farm

120.0

210

240

Solar

QLD

ESCO Pacific

Susan River Solar Farm

100

175

200

Wind QLD Pacific Hydro/Lacour Energy Clarke Creek Wind Farm 800 1000 350
Solar VIC Flow Power/Total Eren Kiamal Solar Farm 200 90  
Solar QLD Terrain Solar Warwick Solar Farm 64   100