The Queensland Government is committed to increasing the amount of renewable energy supply across the State. The target is a 50% (per cent) Renewable Energy Target (RET) for Queensland by 2030. To determine if this target is credible, the Queensland Government established the Renewable Energy Expert Panel in early 2016 and a draft report was released in October 2016.
Already there has been an uptake in the number of Development Applications for renewable energy facilities such as PV Solar Farms particularly in the West of the State. These types of facilities are significant in size and spread and as a result many issues are raised within the Planning Approval process to address Community concerns.
Due to the nature of these types of developments, understandably communities are concerned about the impacts on their surrounding environments and therefore Local Authorities are requiring detailed, specialist advice.
Landscape Architecture plays an important role in the approval of these types of renewable energy facilities and can greatly assist owners achieve development approval while helping to put communities minds at ease.