Acknowledgement to Solarcitizens.org.au :
The results are in: Queenslanders have voted to keep the Sunshine State’s 50% renewable energy target!
The decisions made by the next Queensland Government have a big impact on the nation’s energy future. With a powerful and vote-swaying resources industry, the Sunshine State is the largest hurdle and the biggest prize in Australia’s energy transition.
Thank you for your generous contribution to the campaign, and to the thousands of solar citizens who took action in the lead up to polling day, calling on politicians of all stripes to back in more ambitious clean energy policy.
Together, through grassroots donations and action, we have won:
- $500 million for more publicly-owned solar, wind and storage
- $145 million for three Renewable Energy Zones
- $30 million for solar on hospitals
- And $10 million for renewable hydrogen!
This amounts to more than $685 million for more solar, wind, storage and vital energy infrastructure.
Our solar community ramped up the pressure on both major parties to do more to support renewable energy and vital transmission infrastructure.
Last year investment in large-scale renewables had ground to a halt in the Sunshine State. The Queensland Labor Government was only tracking to reach 30% renewables by 2030 – well short of their promised 50% target. Now Queensland is on track to reach 50%, and Labor are backing new solar and wind farms, renewable energy zones, and green manufacturing and industry.
In July, the Queensland LNP ruled out any state funding for a new coal-fired power station in North Queensland – a far cry from their 2017 state election campaign where new coal was front and centre. Instead, Shadow Energy Minister Michael Hart boasted that the LNP have ‘a real policy to support renewable energy as part of our economic plan for Queensland’.
So, how did solar citizens pull this off? An incredible 6,000+ of you took action online, hundreds of you attended one or more of our 40 actions and events, and contributions from over 1,800 donors helped power 6 billboards and 2 bus ads throughout the year, as well as a blitz of press and digital ads.
Together, we reached over 800,000 Queenslanders with ads on social media and were in the media 45 times!
People power really does pay off.
When our solar-loving community works together, we’re powerful. Let’s keep working together to build a brighter clean energy future.