The government of Queensland has given planning approval for a 130MW solar farm to be developed by Spanish firm Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV).
Queensland deputy premier and minister for planning, Jackie Trad, used her call-in powers to approve the AU$400 million (US$284 million) project, which is located southwest of Ayr, Australia.
This latest approval comes after a series of initiatives form the Queensland government to aid the progress of solar.
The state has committed to 50% electricity generation from renewables by 2030. Meanwhile, under its Solar 60 initiative, it has committed to a 60MW auction for solar. It has also initiated an inquiry into fair pricing for solar and guaranteeing that fair prices for solar will apply to any household with solar systems installed.
John Grimes, chief executive of the Australian Solar Council, welcomed the approval and said: “The Sunshine State is fast becoming the Solar State.
“The Queensland Government is serious about solar and determined to build a clean energy future. Queensland is a natural home for solar and energy storage. The Australian Solar Council looks forward to many more initiatives to help make Queensland the Solar State.”