ELLSWORTH — A proposed utility-scale solar garden received unanimous approval Aug. 19 from the Pierce County Land Management Committee.

The 74-megawatt Western Mustang Solar project is being developed by New York-based Ranger Power on acreage leased in the town of Gilman in northeastern Pierce County.

“Securing the county conditional-use permit represents an important milestone for the project and its continued development and eventual construction,“ said Sergio Trevino, director of permitting for Ranger Power, in a news release.

When operational, the solar project is expected to bring in $296,000 in shared annual revenue from the state Utility Aids program. The revenue will be split:

  • $172,300 for Pierce County, and
  • $123,300 for the town of Gilman.
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Spring Valley School District and Chippewa Valley Technical College will be reimbursed approximately $3,000 annually to make up for property revenue deductions when the land for the project is removed from tax rolls, according to a news release.