Wyoming solar field clears hurdle

A recent decision by an administrative law judge could pave the way for a solar power array to be built in Wyoming. If the ruling is upheld by the state Public Utilities Commission, Geronimo Energy plans to build 20 such solar fields to provide power to Xcel Energy as part of the $250 million Aurora Solar Project. The ruling was part of the state’s first competitive bidding process for a major power generation project. 

In Wyoming, the solar field would tie into the power substation in the southern part of the city. Built in 2015 or 2016, the fenced-in array would be designed to offset approximately 20 percent of the substation’s load. Local permits would still be required, though the Wyoming City Council last month approved a letter in support of the solar project.