Large solar panel project considered for the Dillon area

Large solar panel project considered for the Dillon area


an Idaho company is negotiating with the state to build a larger solar panel farm near Dillon MTM John Amy tells us what kind of revenue this major project could generate for Beaverhead county beaver head County is known for ranching but it may soon be in the business of farming solar energy you know everybody strives to get economic development diversify your economy that’s going to be the quite a process that I’m intrigued with is see the economic benefit to Beaver head County the Boise based company clean era plans to build a 1,300 acre solar panel farm on this property about 10 miles north of Dillon on state-owned land just west of Interstate 15 the company claims it will generate 18 million dollars in property tax revenue for the county over a 35-year period I personally think it would be an advantage I think this is one of the works located right in the corridor of the interstate 15 as opposed to putting it up in some pristine Valley someplace I think that’s an advantage clean era which has about 20 solar farms throughout the West approached the state about a year ago showing interest in purchasing the Beaverhead land said that it’s got good sunlight Dillon has a lot of sunny days and then there’s a good transmission line that goes through that area and so they look for areas where they can transmit the power and where they have good sunlight currently two local ranchers have permits with the state to graze cattle on this property but the state would rather turn over this land to the solar panel farm because it would generate far more revenue for the state than the grazing permits it generates between two and three thousand dollars a year for grazing and this will generate about four hundred eighty thousand dollars for this for the trust so you know we’re looking for to generate revenue for our trust funds and that’s kind of where we’re looking for a new opportunity with solar if approved construction on the project could begin by 2020 in Dillon JA Navy MTN news and just so you know there’s a public hearing going on right now at the DNR C office and Dylan about this project and it’s expected to last until about 7:30 this evening

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