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The Queensland Government 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 approved the $400 million project, which is located south-west of Ayr.

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 per cent 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 fair prices for solar will apply to any household with solar systems installed.

Australian Solar Council chief executive John Grimes welcomed the approval saying Queensland is a natural home for solar and energy storage.

“The Queensland Government is serious about solar and determined to build a clean energy future. The Australian Solar Council looks forward to many more initiatives to help make Queensland the Solar State,” he said.