Renewable Energy

Our natural assets are one of the reasons many choose to live, do business and travel in the Gympie region.

The region is on-track to becoming a renewable energy powerhouse, with several solar farms and a world leading wind farm on the way.

The Queensland Government will spend two years and $20M preparing a business case for a pumped hydroelectricity plant on Borumba Dam.

Several larger businesses have pioneered waste to energy facilities into their operations, such as wood off-cuts, macadamia nut shells and spent coffee grounds.

Many smaller local businesses have installed solar power, energy efficiency upgrades and practice waste reduction. The Gympie region has one of the largest take-ups in solar panel installations.

Key Opportunities

  • The renewable energy industry is entering a new phase of growth due to increasing customer demand and cost competitiveness.
  • Powerlink Queensland’s Woolooga Substation.
  • Over 3.6 million consumers in South East Queensland representing a huge market for businesses in the Gympie region, with a projected 20-year growth to almost 5 million.
  • Forest Wind, a $2 billion clean energy infrastructure project currently in development and expected to be operational in 2025.
  • Six solar farm projects currently proposed or in development in the region.
  • Higher than average solar installations at 40 per cent, compared to other regional areas.
  • Ability to attract new and advanced technology and manufacturing opportunities to the Gympie region.
  • Provide reliable and efficient energy options for local industry and businesses.

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