The Queensland Government has officially approved a 130 megawatts solar power facility, which is to be constructed by Spanish company Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV).
Queensland deputy premier and minister for planning, Jackie Trad, applied her phone-inabilities to consent to the AU$400 million (US$284 million) project, which is situated in the south-western part of Ayr, Australia.
This latest agreement follows a chain of initiatives from the Queensland government for solar energy development in the state.
The state has pledged generate 50% electricity from renewable energy by 2030. Meanwhile, according to its Solar 60 initiative, it has pledged to a 60-megawatts auction for solar. It has also begun an investigation into equitable pricing for solar and assuring that equitable prices for solar will apply to any residence which has solar systems installed.
Chief Executive of the Australian Solar Council, John Grimes, expressed satisfaction at the approval and stated: “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.”