The renewable energy sector is set for a huge 2017, with at least 42 projects to be under construction or completed this year.

These projects will deliver an unprecedented $8.8 billion in investment, more than 4385 MW of new renewable energy capacity and create more than 4780 direct jobs.
(Information on this page is current as of 12 October 2017)

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 19
New South Wales 9
South Australia 7
Victoria 6
Western Australia 1

 

Large-scale renewable energy jobs and investment by technology

Technology MW Investment (A$m) Jobs
Solar*

2132.2

3701.5

2915

Wind*

2274.2

5216

1835

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

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

Projects completed in 2017

Technology State Developer Project MW Investment (A$m) Jobs

Wind

VIC

RES, GE and Downer

Ararat Wind Farm

240

450

165

 

Projects under construction

Technology State Developer Project MW Investment (A$m) Jobs
Wind SA Neoen and Megawatt Capital Hornsdale Stage 2 100 800 150
Wind SA Neoen and Megawatt Capital Hornsdale Stage 3 109    
Wind NSW Goldwind White Rock - Stage 1 175 400 300
Wind QLD RATCH Mt Emerald 180 380 150

Wind

VIC

Windlab

Kiata

30

75

70

Solar

WA

APA

Emu Downs

20

50

100

Wind and Solar

SA

EDL

Coober Pedy

5

37

 

Solar

QLD

Sunshine Coast Council

Sunshine Coast Solar Farm

15

50

60

Solar

NSW

New Gullen Range Wind Farm

Gullen Range Solar Farm

10

26

70

Solar

QLD

Conergy – Lakeland Solar & Storage P/L

Lakeland Solar & Storage Project

10.8

42.5

60

Solar

QLD

FRV

Clare Solar Farm

100

190

200

Solar

QLD

Genex

Kidston Solar

50

126

100

Bagasse

QLD

MSF Sugar

Tableland Sugar Mill

24

75

80

Wind

VIC

Pacific Hydro

Yaloak South

29

130

 

Wind

VIC

Acciona

Mt Gellibrand - Stage 1

66

140

100

Wind

NSW

Partners Group and CWP Renewables

Sapphire

270

588

200

Solar

QLD

Canadian Solar & Scouller Energy

Normanton Solar Farm

5

14

20

Solar

QLD

Canadian Solar

Longreach Solar Farm

17.4

31

30

Solar

QLD

Canadian Solar

Oakey 1 Solar Farm

30

56

50

Solar QLD Sun Metals Sun Metals Solar Farm 125 155 210
Solar QLD RATCH Collinsville 42 100 120
Wind NSW Global Power Generation Australia Crookwell 2 91 200 80
Wind SA Engie Willogoleche Wind Farm 119 250  
Solar QLD Edify Energy Whitsunday Solar Farm 57.5 122 116
Solar QLD   Hamilton Solar Farm 57.5    
Solar QLD ESCO Pacific/Palisade Ross River 148 225 150
Wind VIC Tilt Renewables Salt Creek Wind Farm 54 100 100

 

Projects with financial commitment – to start construction in 2017

Technology State Developer Project MW Investment (A$m) Jobs

Wind and solar

QLD

Windlab

Kennedy Energy Park

40

120

50

Wind

NSW

PARF

Silverton

200

460

150

Solar

QLD

FRV

Lilyvale

100

400

200

Solar

SA

Snowy Hydro

Tailem Bend

100

200

200

Solar

NSW

Neoen

Griffith, Parkes, Dubbo

94.8

230

250

Solar

VIC

Overland Sun Farming

Yatpool, Iraak, Wemen

320

500

200

Solar

NSW

First Solar

Manildra Solar Farm

42.4

 

 

Solar

SA

Lyon Group

Riverland Solar Farm

330

700

270

Wind

NSW

Infigen Energy

Bodangora Wind Farm

113.2

236 120

Solar

SA

Reach Solar

Bungala Solar Project

220

 

 

Solar

QLD

Canadian Solar

Oakey 2 SF

70

110

100

Solar  NSW ARENA White Rock Solar Farm 20   75
Solar QLD APA Group Darling Downs 106.8 217 200
Wind QLD AGL/PARF Coopers Gap Wind Farm 453 850 200