Green jobs boom to employ 28,505 North QLD workers
A GREEN energy boom could power just under 400,000 north Queensland homes by the next decade.
An Australian Conservation Foundation report estimated the northeastern region - which includes Townsville, Mackay and Charters Towers - would become the state's second biggest clean energy hot spot if pipeline projects were approved.
If completed, the conservation found clean energy would power an estimated 393,496 homes from Isaac Regional Council to Cassowary Coast Regional Council.
The power push would also generate 2216 new renewables construction jobs, as the large-scale projects move through the development pipeline.
The region was betting heavily on solar power, with all 12 of the north eastern pipeline projects reliant on the sun.
ACF said the region would benefit from the state's biggest green jobs boom if it started chasing a diverse power mix.
"Projects proposed for northeast Queensland have the potential to create the greatest employment, involving a mix of hydro, solar, wind and a small amount of bioenergy," the report said.
The approval of 36 energy projects would create 28,505 north eastern construction jobs over the next 15 years.
ACF said solar power would employ 10,581 people, hyrdo electricity could provide a further 11,304 people with work, while wind and bioenergy would create 6589 and 32 jobs in the region.
ACF said ongoing developments in solar and wind technology would create incentives to repower the plants after 20 years.
"This would create an ongoing cycle of construction activity and employment beyond the initial 15-year program outlined here."
Nor th east renewable energy projects committed or contracted since 2015
Provided by the Australian Conservation Foundation
Clare Solar Farm: 100 megawatts
Haughton Solar Farm: 100MW
Clermont Solar Farm: 75MW
Rugby Run Solar Farm: 65MW
Middlemount Solar Farm: 34MW
Ross River Solar Farm: 116MW
Sun Metals: 124.4MW
Daydream Solar Farm: 150MW
Hamilton Solar Farm: 57.5MW
Hayman Solar Farm: 50MW
Collinsville Solar Farm: 42.5MW
Whitsunday Solar Farm: 57.5MW
Nor th east development pipeline for renewable energy projects proposed
Burdekin Solar Farm (Cleangen): 140 megawatts
Clare Solar Farm 2: 45MW
Haughton Solar Farm Stage 2: 400MW
Koberinga Solar Farm: 55MW
Majors Creek (Woodstock): 200MW
Burdekin Hydro Power Station: 50MW
Mount Leyshon pumped hydro: 20MW
Pentland Bioenergy project: 16MW
Blair Athol Solar Farm: 60MW
Broadlea Solar Farm: 100MW
Broadsound Solar Farm: 392MW
Clarke Creek Solar Farm-Pac Hydro: 315MW
Clarke Creek Wind-Solar Lacour Energy: 400MW
Clarke Creek Wind-Solar Lacour Energy: 800MW
Coppabella Wind Farm: 70MW
Dyno Nobel Moranbah renewable hydrogen: 210MW
Dysart 2 Solar Farm: 130MW
Dysart solar farm: 100MW
Fiery Creek Wind Farm: 70MW
Lotus Creek Wind Farm: 250MW
Nebo Solar Farm: 80MW
North Creek Wind Project: 330MW
Rugby Run Stage 2: 105MW
Glenella Solar Farm: 30MW
Mirani Solar Farm: 60MW
Paget Solar Farm: 20.6MW
Urannah Renewable Energy Hub: 1500MW
Urannah Renewable Energy Hub: 1300MW
Urannah Renewable Energy Hub: 800MW
Bluewater Solar farm: 102MW
Rollingstone Solar Farm: 110MW
Yabulu Solar Farm: 40MW
Collinsville North Solar: 100MW
Collinsville Solar Stage 2: 36MW
Gumlu Solar Farm: 60MW
Kelsey Creek Solar Farm (North Queensland): 50MW