First big solar plant in Wyo. clears hurdle

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2018

A proposed solar energy plant in the nation’s top coal-producing state yesterday gained a key approval from the Bureau of Land Management.

BLM officials determined that the Sweetwater LLC solar plant in western Wyoming wouldn’t cause significant environmental damage.

The state currently lacks a big commercial solar facility.

The Sweetwater plant would generate around 80 megawatts of electricity — enough to power roughly 17,000 homes.

Coal-fired power plants provide about 85 percent of electricity generated in Wyoming.