Power Company of Wyoming (PCW) has received approval from the State of Wyoming's Industrial Siting Council to construct and operate the 3GW Chokecherry and Sierra Madre (CCSM) wind energy project in the US.
The project will cover approximately 2,000 acres of private and US government-owned land near Rawlins and will consist of 1,000 wind turbines.
Expected to cost $5bn, the project will be developed in two phases, creating 114 operations and maintenance jobs. It will generate enough electricity to meet the power demands of 1 million households in the western US.
The CCSM, which will reportedly be the largest wind farm in Wyoming and one of the largest in the world once completed, will help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and meet increasing demand for renewable energy.
Construction on phase one is expected to start by the end of this year, while work on the second phase is expected to start in the second quarter of 2019.
PCW president and CEO Bill Miller said: "Both the Industrial Siting Council and the Industrial Siting Division carefully reviewed and considered our application, and we appreciate their focus on ensuring that Wyoming's high standards were met across all aspects of the project.
"Receiving the permit is a significant milestone that clears the way for us in Wyoming to contribute to the state's long-time leadership in generating and delivering cost-effective energy supplies to the markets that need them. It's also the last major non-federal permit needed to move this wind energy project forward."
Image: The Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind energy project will be located south of Sinclair and Rawlins in Carbon County, Wyoming, US. Photo: courtesy of dan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.