Tuesday’s Sheridan County Commission meeting was moved to the Exhibit Hall at the fairgrounds to accommodate those interested in discussing and offering public comment on the application for a permit for the proposed Sheridan Solar project.
The project, if approved by the county, would construct a 96-acre 20-megawatt commercial solar energy facility on a 163-acre parcel owned by Cameron Forbes off of Swaim Road between Sheridan and Big Horn.
More than a dozen people spoke during the public hearing, opposed to the project based on location on the property, water quality issues, what were called inaccuracies in the application, and various other issues.
Most of the landowners in the area said they weren’t opposed to the landowner being able to do with his land what he pleased, but did voice their concerns.
After nearly two hours of public testimony, commission chairman Nick Siddle addressed those present, saying they would be making a decision in the matter soon.
Commissioner Siddle said everything said at the public hearing will not be taken lightly, and all comments taken prior to Tuesday’s meeting will be considered before the commission makes their decision.