Scout Clean Energy, a Colorado based renewable energy developer-owner-operator, advised that the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) granted approval for a construction permit for the 200-megawatt Sweetland Wind Farm in Miller, Hand County, South Dakota. The Sweetland Wind Farm project will include up to 71 GE 2.82 MW series wind turbines.
“We are excited to have received the PUC’s unanimous approval for the state construction permits for the Sweetland wind farm,” said Michael Rucker, CEO and founder of Scout Clean Energy. “The approval means Scout now can take the power to market and begin planning for construction as early as 2020.”
Sweetland Wind Farm filed its application with the PUC in March and a public input meeting was held in Miller in April. Prior to receiving PUC Commission approval, the project worked extensively with PUC Staff, the local community and stakeholders to ensure all concerns were addressed. The Permit that was granted reflects all parties working together to reach a favorable outcome for the project, stakeholders and South Dakotans. Scout now turns their attention to marketing the power.
“We are very fortunate to have a 200 MW project fully permitted in South Dakota. The project’s top tier wind resource and strategic location in the Southwest Power Pool make it attractive for potential investors looking to expand their renewable energy footprint in the region,” explained Rucker. “We have already had significant interest in the project and are working toward completing a power purchase agreement.”
The project will result in 200 temporary construction jobs and 10 permanent full-time positions once the facility begins operation.
(Source: Scout Clean Energy)