Thursday, 19 November 2015

Strategic Offset Investment Corridors - Southern Brigalow Belt and New England Tableland

Landowners in the Southern Brigalow Belt Strategic Offset Investment Corridors will be interested in the release of the Southern Brigalow Belt and New England Tableland Strategic Offset Investment Corridors Methodology Report.

Strategic Offset Investment Corridors (SOICs) identify some of the best places in the landscape for environmental offsets. SOICs make offsets easier and cheaper to find, provide income opportunities for landholders willing to provide offsets on their land, and provide strategic conservation benefits for important environmental values.

Melanie Oliver explains the benefits to Landowners of a voluntary offset agreement here.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Landowners Solar Farm Opportunities

Off Farm income streams are always being looked at by Graziers and Farmers, but what about if your rural property could provide you with a different form of “on-farm” income.

Central Queensland is becoming a hot spot for large scale solar installations or Solar Farms. Under the Solar 60 Program, the Queensland Government is calling for tenders and will provide financial assistance to solar and renewable energy companies to develop 60MW large-scale solar farms. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) have also committed more than A$100 million to drive the development of large-scale solar projects in Australia.

With funding for large-scale solar projects available, Landowners are being approached by solar and renewable energy companies for the rights to investigate and build solar farms on their land. Origin Energy has even indicated that there is a “Prospecting Race” for solar projects in Queensland. 

If you have any queries about opportunities in Solar or using your property for clean energy or renewable projects, please contact Rural, Mining and Gas Partner, Melanie Findlay of local firm Rees R & Sydney Jones on 07 4927 6333.