Permit approved for solar and storage project

REDFIELD — On the morning of Oct. 1, a regularly scheduled meeting, Tulare Energy, LLC received unanimous approval of the Tulare Solar Project Conditional Use Permit. The approval concluded 4 months of County, Township and Landowner meetings. The approved Conditional Use Permit included 15 conditions that will be met by the Tulare Solar Project before Spink County will issue the construction building permit.

Roland Jurgens, project manager for Tulare Energy, LLC, updated the Board of Adjustments on the project and answered questions from the Members of the Board of Adjustments and County Staff. Mr. Jurgens stated that if the Conditional Use Permit is approved, then this is the beginning of the path to construction, not the end. The project will continue to work with County Staff and Local Officials as the final plans are developed and approved before the project’s building permit is issued next year.    

Bruce Blume, President of Tulare Energy, LLC, explained the economic impacts of the project to the Members of the Spink County Board of Adjustments. Mr. Blume shared his excitement that through local tax payments, guaranteed land payments, new jobs, and local purchases the Tulare Solar Project will create approximately 1 million dollars of new direct economic impact every year in Spink County. He explained that in particular, the Tulare Solar project will generate approximately $72,000 in new tax revenue for Spink County each year, $30,000 in new tax revenue for Townships each year, and over $720,000 in new tax revenue for Tulare School District along with $2.3 million in new tax revenue for K-12 education in SD over 30 years. He closed with his amazement, that with the project we are going to take something that we get every day for free (sunlight) and turn it into over a million dollars of economic impact for the residents of Spink County for the next 30 years or more.

If you would like more information about this project, please email Roland Jurgens at: rjurgens@thorstadcompanies.com.

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