South Dakota’s largest solar project is now under construction

Construction is underway on the largest solar project to date in South Dakota.

National Grid Renewables announced on Jan. 10 the start of onsite field construction at its 128 MWac Wild Springs Solar Project in Pennington County, South Dakota.

The project is located in the Southwest Power Pool and has a 114 MW power purchase agreement with Basin Electric Power Cooperative.

Ames Construction is the engineering, procurement, and construction firm on the project.

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Once completed, National Grid Renewables will have 330 MW of clean energy projects in South Dakota. The company’s Crocker Wind Farm located in Clark County began operation in 2019.

Wild Springs will utilize next-generation Series 6 thin film solar modules developed and produced by First Solar, Inc, which are pictured above. Recently, First Solar and National Grid Renewables announced a 2 GW supply of solar modules scheduled for delivery in 2024 and 25.

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Author: John Engel