PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — A solar-electricity facility proposed in Pennington County received approval Tuesday from the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission.
The panel agreed 3-0 to permit Wild Springs Solar planned south of New Underwood.
Commissioners praised the project just prior to the vote.
“I’m real excited about this,” Gary Hanson said.
The commission approved a permit earlier this year for Lookout Solar that’s on individually owned Indian trust land in Oglala Lakota County.
Wild Springs is South Dakota’s first large-scale solar operation on private land needing a state permit, commissioner Chris Nelson said.
“I do not expect it to be the last,” he said, calling it “the tip of the iceberg.”