An electrical safety roundtable announced by the Queensland Government provides a welcome opportunity for the industry and the government to work together on a best practice framework for solar farms across the state, the Clean Energy Council said today.
Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton said the consultation was overdue and the solar industry has done extensive work to lift the bar on safety and quality across the country.
“Clean energy is delivering major economic benefits for the people of Queensland, from the Port of Townsville to the Darling Downs,” Mr Thornton said.
“The leadership shown by the Queensland Government to encourage renewable energy in the state has been admirable, and it is in all our interests to ensure that these opportunities continue.
“The industry shares a passion for safety with the Queensland Government, as well as an interest in delivering the state renewable energy target of 50 per cent by 2030. We look forward to working with the government to develop a best practice safety framework for solar developments without imposing unnecessary costs and red tape on businesses.”
The roundtable was announced by Queensland Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace following a decision by the Queensland Court of Appeal regarding a regulation introduced by the state government.