Media release - solar industry

New rules for solar farm developers are likely to be introduced by the Queensland Government on 13 May 2019. These new regulations will force large solar farms and commercial solar systems to use licensed electricians for general labour including mounting, locating, and fixing solar panels when completing installation.

According to Queensland Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace, ‘the new regulations have been put in place to enhance safety standards in the growing commercial solar industry.’ However, the changes were introduced without consultation with the solar industry and with no clear justification.

The introduction of these new rules will result in the reconsideration of solar farm developers’ plans to construct large solar farms in Queensland and could cost local jobs. The sourced data from Clean Energy Council suggests that there are currently 70 large solar farms in Queensland which have been approved, announced or are under construction. This means that other Australian states will have a price advantage with regards to the commercial solar sector.

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