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Large-scale Solar

Australia is one of the sunniest countries on the planet and is already charging ahead with a renewables-powered future.

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Video of how large-scale solar helps farmers

Illuminating the future of energy

Renewable energy developments can provide consistent, drought-proof income to supplement farming activities, and traditional farming can continue around renewable energy infrastructure. 
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Helping rural communities understand the benefits

Solar projects provide additional revenue streams to landholders while also supplying shade for livestock. The moisture that collects on solar panels overnight also helps to drought-proof large parcels of land. The combination of livestock and solar is called 'agrisolar' and Australia is already a world leader in its deployment. 

New Guide Showcases the Potential of Agrisolar
11 Mar 2021

New Guide Showcases the Potential of Agrisolar

Read our Australian Guide to Agrisolar for Large-scale Solar.
Australian Guide to Agrisolar for Large-Scale Solar
11 Mar 2021

Australian Guide to Agrisolar for Large-Scale Solar

Sharing knowledge and learnings from agrisolar practices from around Australia and the world, this guide will assist proponents of utility-scale solar, and the landholders and farmers who work with them, to integrate agricultural activities into solar farm projects.
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Speeding up connection and access for solar farms

Too often, solar farms are built only to wait months for connection and access. We're working with multiple stakeholders to ensure energy captured from the sun can be transported to where it's needed as quickly as possible. This means reducing the amount of time it takes to connect new solar farms to the grid and once connected, ensuring there is capacity to export the cheap energy they produce.

Congestion Relief Market Is Key To Fixing Grid Congestion
20 Feb 2023

Congestion Relief Market Is Key To Fixing Grid Congestion

Transmission access reform is a complicated subject. Check out our explainer to learn more.
Connections Reform Initiative
27 Mar 2024

Connections Reform Initiative

The National Electricity Market (NEM) continues to evolve through a period of significant transformation, characterised by greater penetration of inverter-based resources, a more diverse generation mix and a more decentralised system.
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Recruiting more electricians and engineers

With huge growth in the industry, recruiting electricians, engineers and skilled workers is critical. Our Careers for Net Zero job fair and our Careers Guide are engaging the next generation of clean energy workers, our Careers Hub is helping fill existing job vacancies and we're working with unions, governments and training organisations to unlock skilled migration and portable entitlements. 

We're also helping train, educate and support solar installers on mid-sized commercial installations through our LearnLAB platform and myCEC service.


Careers for Net Zero

Careers for Net Zero

Find out about roles in the clean energy industry to plan your next career move.
Jobs in the industry

Jobs in the industry

Search current jobs across the renewable energy and energy storage sectors.
Careers guide

Careers guide

Use our guide to discover all the clean energy industry roles and pathways on offer.
Careers for Net Zero QLD Roadshow
06 Aug 2024

Careers for Net Zero QLD Roadshow

The Careers for Net Zero QLD Roadshow will showcase the many career opportunities that will help deliver an equitable, prosperous and net zero emissions Australia.

8.2 GW

cumulative large-scale solar capacity in Australia

6.3%

of total Australian electricity generated in 2023 was from large-scale solar

The Utility Solar Directorate is focused on ensuring state and federal policy settings support the creation, development and construction of large-scale solar.

Members can log in to read more about the following committees:


Join the Utility Solar Directorate

The majority of our policy work is developed with our Members in Directorates, with smaller working groups and committees tackling specific challenges.
Dr Nicholas Aberle

POLICY AND ADVOCACY

Meet the Director

Dr Nicholas Aberle Director, Energy Generation and Storage
I am excited to be bringing my skills and experience to the CEC at this critical juncture as the industry prepares to make ever-bigger strides forward.

Become a Clean Energy Council member

As a member of the Clean Energy Council you can join our directorates and working groups, and add your voice to about 1,000 other members shaping the direction of the clean energy industry. Together, we can accelerate the energy transition and bring the benefits of renewables to all Australians.
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Events

What’s happening in large-scale solar

Be part of this growing industry sector
If your organisation is interested in large-scale solar developments in Australia, register now for these upcoming events.
Australian Clean Energy Summit 2024

Australian Clean Energy Summit 2024

16 Jul - 17 Jul 2024
Australian Large-Scale Solar & Storage Summit 2024

Australian Large-Scale Solar & Storage Summit 2024

04 Jun - 05 Jun 2024
Careers for Net Zero QLD Roadshow

Careers for Net Zero QLD Roadshow

06 Aug - 14 Aug 2024
All Energy Australia 2024

All Energy Australia 2024

23 Oct - 24 Oct 2024