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Native Vegetation and Solar Projects in South Dakota

Across the U.S., the solar industry is booming. Solar project sites often occupy several acres of land and are projected to cover 3 million acres by 2030. To produce 1 megawatt of electricity (enough to power between 100 to 150 homes in South Dakota), utility-scale solar plants may require between 5 and 10 acres of land.

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Rural communities vulnerable to utility disconnects

South Dakotans are struggling with the financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and some are finding it difficult even to pay for essential services, such as electricity and water. Some utility providers have decided to suspend shut-offs due to unpaid bills during the pandemic, including the state’s investor-owned utilities and the cities of Sioux Falls and Rapid City.

Large-scale solar energy production coming to South Dakota

South Dakota’s solar industry is poised for significant growth as a result of two proposed utility-scale solar energy construction projects.

The first of their kind in South Dakota, the projects in Oglala Lakota and Pennington counties have the potential to increase South Dakota’s installed solar capacity from less than 1.8 megawatts to more than 200 megawatts in the next two years.