Solar Panel Installations In Wyoming

Solar panel installations finally started in a big way in Wyoming in 2018. The state ended up with 119 megawatts of solar capacity at the end of that year, supplying about 19,000 homes with electricity. A high percentage of this solar is utility scale. This gives it a ranking of 35th nationwide.

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Here are some key numbers about the state’s solar activity to date;*

  • About 114 megawatts of solar capacity was added in the state in 2018. This gave it a ranking of 19th for that year.
  • Wyoming has 16 solar companies, giving employment to 190 people.
  • The state invested $120 million into solar projects in 2018. Cumulatively, the total to date now stands at $125 million.
  • Prices for solar in the state have dropped 47 percent over the past 5 years.

Sweetwater Solar is the name given to Wyoming’s upcoming utility scale solar installation. It is to be built on a 700 acre piece of land near Green River. It will create between 150 and 300 temporary jobs. It is expected to bring in approximately $500,000 for the state and deliver electricity to about 17,000 homes. The project is expected to be finished in February 2019.***

The state does not currently have a renewable portfolio standard.

Net metering offers customers a credit for their excess generation at the avoided cost rate. System sizes are allowed to be as large as 25 kilowatts.**

About 11 solar installers now operate in the state. They can be found in Cheyenne, Casper, Gillette, Laramie, and Rock Springs to name a few.

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