South Dakota’s largest solar energy project in the works
RAPID CITY, S.D. — South Dakota’s largest solar energy project is officially in the works. This week Geronimo Energy announced a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Basin Electric Cooperative which works with West River Electric.
The project will be called Wild Springs solar project and it will provide clean energy to a significant chunk of West River. Wild Springs a 128 megawatts project that is expected to offset carbon dioxide admissions by 190,000 metric tons each year.
“Which could power about 128,000 homes on a normal basis, and it will be sited near New Underwood South Dakota,” said West River Electric CEO Dick Johnson.
The project is expected to cost about $17 million and will be funded by Geronimo Energy. West River Electric says the switch to solar energy will not affect overall rates for their energy packages.
The project is expected to make a positive impact on that state both environmentally and economically.
“The local jobs, we’ll have local tax revenue and then the scholarship funds that they will provide to the local school district, I think is huge, in our small rural areas we just don’t have a lot of opportunities like that,” says Johnson.
If all runs smoothly the project should be up and running in 2022.