Large Scale Solar

The Roadmap Report for achieving 100% renewable electricity in the Noosa Shire states that we will need 48 Megawatts (MW) of additional renewable generation by 2026. This can be in the form of wind power or solar PV, as highlighted in the table from the Roadmap Report below.

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What does it All mean?

Zero Emissions Noosa is tracking against the stretch or maximum scenario from our Roadmap Report. As per the table above the Shire will need to supplement the target with a 48MW capacity. This capacity may come from a large scale solar farm, wind or another opportunity.

To get an idea of the relative size of the facility (or facilities) required, the Sunshine Coast Solar Farm sits on roughly 24 hectares (59 acres) and generates 15 MW of electricity. There are also a number of criteria that determine a suitable site, such as land gradient, solar perspective, land-use classification, proximity to a high-voltage line in order to absorb the power generated by the site, and others.

Currently, ZEN Inc is exploring all options and approaches for large-scale renewable energy generation and ownership, both for potential sites within Noosa Shire and outside of Noosa. There are a number of models available locally and internationally that can be drawn upon. If you are interested in assisting or learning more about our large-scale renewable energy generation project, or have a proposal for a potential project, please feel free to contact our subcommittee through