The renewable energy sector is experiencing unprecedented activity, with at least 52 projects under construction, committed or completed since the beginning of 2017.

These projects will deliver an over $10 billion in investment, 5206 MW of new renewable energy capacity and create more than 5470 direct jobs.
(Information on this page is current as of 31 January 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 21
New South Wales 11
South Australia 9
Victoria 9
Western Australia 1

 

Large-scale renewable energy jobs and investment by technology

Technology MW Investment (A$m) Jobs
Solar*

2297

3754.9

3465

Wind*

2949.3

6419.4

2025

*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

Hybrid TAS Hydro Tasmania Flinders Island 1.1 13.38  
Wind and Solar SA EDL Coober Pedy 5 37  

 

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

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
Solar NSW Neoen Dubbo 29    
Wind and Solar QLD Windlab Kennedy Energy Park 58 160 100
Wind NSW PARF Silverton 200 460 150
Solar SA Reach Solar Bungala Solar Project 220   350
Solar NSW ARENA White Rock Solar Farm 20   75
Solar QLD Lighthouse Solar Hughenden Solar Farm 22.5    
Solar SA SSE Australia Whyalla Solar Farm 6    

 

Projects with financial commitment – to start construction in 2017

Technology State Developer Project MW Investment (A$m) Jobs
Wind VIC Goldwind Stockyard Hill Wind Farm 530 700 30

Solar

QLD

FRV

Lilyvale

100

400

200

Solar

SA

Snowy Hydro

Tailem Bend

100

200

200

Solar

NSW

Neoen

Griffith, Parkes

102

230

250

Solar

VIC

Overland Sun Farming

Yatpool, Iraak, Wemen

333

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 QLD RES Emerald Solar Park 68   150

Solar

QLD

Canadian Solar

Oakey 2 SF

70

110

100

Wind SA Nexif Energy Lincoln Gap Wind Farm - Stage 1 126 450 110
Solar QLD APA Group Darling Downs 106.8 217 200
Wind QLD AGL/PARF Coopers Gap Wind Farm 453 850 200