Wyoming’s first utility-scale solar farm is being proposed in Sweetwater County.
Wyoming currently has less than 2 megawatts of installed solar in the entire state. If built, the Sweetwater project would be 80 megawatts—enough to power roughly 24,000 homes.
The company behind it, Sweetwater Solar, is a subsidiary of the Korean solar giant Hanwha Q Cells. The proposed site is northwest of Green River and is mostly on federal land.
In addition to the solar farm itself, the company is proposing to build a two and a half mile-long transmission line, to connect the project to a nearby substation.
Sweetwater Solar has filed a permit application for the project with the Bureau of Land Management and told the Rocket-Miner it hopes to start pre-construction work in 2017.