City Seeks Grant for Solar Power Exploration

As Sheridan Media reported earlier, the city of Sheridan will seek a $44,000 grant from the Wyoming Business Council to explore the potential for developing solar power options.

Robert Briggs, who's the city planning and economic development director, said that grant, if approved, would be matched by just over $16,500 in local funds for the project. He said it's part of the Business Council's business-ready communities grant and loan program.

Briggs said the project, if funded, would look at potential sites and potential opportunities to incorporate solar power, both into city operations and into ways the city can make solar power easier to deploy in the community. A memo from Briggs to the city council states that the project would both meet the city's public works department's goals for energy efficiency in municipal operations and provide a means to attract target industries to the city.

Briggs told council members at their meeting Monday that the application is for a planning-only grant at this time. In an interview with Sheridan Media, he said the application is due in Cheyenne on Dec. 1. He also said that the $16,000-plus in local money is already budgeted in the city's general fund.