PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Work has begun in Pierre on what is expected to be the biggest solar energy project in South Dakota.
The 10-acre solar farm at the Pierre airport will have 11 rows of 500-foot-long solar panels, and two rows of 400-foot-long panels. It will generate 1 megawatt of power, enough to meet about 3 percent of Pierre’s needs, City Administrator Leon Schochenmaier told the Capital Journal.
“(It) will be hooked directly into the city’s electrical system.” he said. It’s the first solar project for Sioux Falls-based Missouri River Energy Services, which provides about 40 percent of Pierre’s power. The company approached the city with the idea after studying Pierre, Vermillion and Dennison, Iowa, and determining that Pierre was the most suitable place.
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