PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The largest solar farm in South Dakota is gearing up to start producing electricity.

Officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday for the 9-acre, $2 million solar farm at the Pierre airport, after about two months of construction. The Capital Journal reports it will provide enough power for about 200 Pierre households.

The project is a joint venture involving the city of Pierre, Minneapolis-based Geronimo Energy and Sioux Falls-based Missouri River Energy Services. The solar farm is expected to start generating power by the end of the week.

University of South Dakota researchers will study the facility’s energy output.

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Comments (3)
  1. Kally Waters says:

    Only 200 houses and these houses do not use electric heat and they do not support electric cars. What a waste of money.

  2. Kally Waters says:

    And how many real private sector jobs are being generated by this power? ZERO.

  3. Dan Mack says:

    The Socialist Village is thrilled to foot the bill for these Chinese solar panels to supplement burning food as fuel. We are proud to finance the least economically viable sources of electricity. We have a ways to go yet with only twenty trillion dollars in foreign debt and 25% of our corn taken off the grocery shelves to burn as fuel, but we are moving in the right direction. More free stuff for the party elite is always good.

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