South Cheyenne Solar Project Siting and Permitting

The South Cheyenne Solar Project will reduce Wyoming’s carbon footprint and provide a renewable energy option for residents of Laramie County, Wyoming. Dudek conducted a Phase I environmental site assessment (ESA) and a critical issues analysis (CIA) for the development and planning of the site and completed numerous environmental technical studies to assist Q Cells in securing permits for the project.

Project Facts
  • Laramie County, Wyoming
  • 950-acre project site
  • 150 MW capacity
  • Phase I ESA and CIA in support of siting
  • Environmental technical studies in support of permitting

The Challenge

The client required siting support to confirm the site was viable for the project. Additionally, with the state of Wyoming still determining how to regulate renewable energy development, navigating the permitting process posed a challenge. Permitting required coordination with various local agencies including the Wyoming Regulatory Office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).

The Solution

Dudek conducted a Phase I ESA and CIA to determine site viability. Then we conducted studies and prepared construction compliance plans outlining measures to minimize environmental impacts to support the Wyoming Industrial Siting Permitting process. Working closely with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department throughout the permitting and construction phases, we completed a Biological Monitoring Plan, a Pronghorn Movement and Mitigation Plan, and a Pre-Construction Survey Report.

The Impact

The project was granted the Wyoming Industrial Development Information and Siting Act Section 109 Permit. Construction began in April 2023 with Dudek providing biological and cultural compliance monitoring throughout construction.

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