Australia is already producing essential components for wind-generated electricity.
Wind is complementary to solar because it’s often available when the sun isn’t, which helps to create a consistent supply of renewable energy. This is especially true when wind turbines are located at sea, where wind speeds are stronger and more consistent. Offshore wind typically generates electricity at times when demand is higher, further enhancing its compatibility as a renewable energy source. Once installed, solar (and wind) both offer cost-effective electricity generation, require minimal maintenance and do not create pollution or greenhouse gas emissions.
To rapidly progress towards a 100% renewable energy powered and firmed economy, we must accelerate the deployment of renewable energy generators to replace fossil fuel power stations and build in energy storage at the utility scale and through distributed systems (households and commercial buildings). This transition would entail adding 32.6 GW of new large-scale wind farms in the next five years.
In 2023, the Australian Government declared an area of the Bass Strait off Gippsland as Australia’s ﬁrst offshore wind zone. This move allows the Latrobe Valley community, historically reliant on fossil fuel industries for employment, to participate in the transition towards renewable energy. Several other Australian initiatives are exploring similar proposals for offshore wind projects, further enhancing the country's commitment to sustainable energy solutions.
Central Queensland Power
This joint venture is driving the decarbonisation of heavy industry in Gladstone and the wider Central Queensland region. Energy Estate and RES are developing a portfolio of wind, solar and BESS projects with a capacity of over 2GW.
Crisp Bros & Haywards
Wind towers are essential to wind turbines, which harness the power of the wind to generate clean energy. Crisp Bros & Haywards are a leading Australian fabricator and supplier of wind tower sections and are experienced in all aspects of wind farm manufacture.
Keppel Prince is a large scale manufacturer and installer of Wind Farm and Solar infrastructure. They have worked on some of the largest wind farms in Australia and delivered over 10MW of rooftop solar.
Star of the South
This offshore wind project could deliver clean electricity to more than 1.2 million Victorian homes. Proposed for development off the coast of Gippsland, the Star of the South would harness strong coastal winds to generate up to 2.2 GW of renewable energy.
Australia is a world leader in the uptake of rooftop solar and our technologies are leading the way.
The Cleantech Showcase lists examples of projects that are capable of propelling us towards a prosperous, zero emissions Australia.
This list is not exhaustive and many more comparable projects may exist.
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