“With a unanimous vote from the Sweetwater County Commissioners, the county will now be the first in the state to have a solar farm.
The Commissioners recently approved a conditional use permit for Sweetwater Solar LLC for a utility scale solar energy project for three to 3o years. The property is located on Bureau of Land Management, Rock Springs Grazing Association, BLM/BOR transmission line land and is located along Highway 372 about 7 1/2 miles northwest of the intersection of Interstate 80 and Peru Hill. The land is currently zoned agriculture and will be constructed on about 638 acres and will be completed by the end of 2018 or beginning of 2019.
During the four to five month construction period, an estimated 30 to 300 employees will work on the project. The labor costs are estimated at $15.9 million. It’s also estimated that nine full-time employees will operate the solar farm once construction is complete. Estimated tax property taxes over a 30-year period is $17.1 million.
“If approved, this will be Wyoming’s utility scale solar project in the state of Wyoming,” County land use director Eric Bingham said. “
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Thompson, Stephanie. Green River Star 23 May 2018.