Poet solar panels promise biggest Sioux Falls sun energy source

Big Solar is coming to Sioux Falls.

Poet is building the largest solar system on site in Sioux Falls to supply the main building with electricity and to prove the concept as a sales argument.

The city has given Poet permission to build six rows of solar panels at 4801 N. Lewis Ave, adjacent to its headquarters. The solar park will generate 745,000 kWh of electricity each year and offset 630,000 pounds of CO2, the company said.

As one of the world’s largest manufacturers of biorefined products, Poet joins another category of energy generation.

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According to a report by the Solar Energy Industries Association and Wood Mackenzie, two groups with a vested interest in the industry, solar energy accounted for 43% of all new power generation capacity in the US in 2020. However, jobs fell. The U.S. solar industry employed 231,474 people in 2020, down 6.7% from 2019, according to the Solar Institute’s 2020 statewide job census.

Poet is determined to offer renewable energy to its customers and for its own work.

“With the climate crisis looming, we believe it is time to get back to our roots and empower our world with what God has provided: the sun, the soil and the seeds,” said Jeff Broin, Founder and CEO of Poet in a press release.

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At full capacity, Poet produces 3 billion gallons of ethanol, 14 billion pounds of dried grain and 975 million pounds of corn oil annually and is a leading buyer of US grain.

Construction work is scheduled to begin in June 2021 and be completed by August.

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