A Conditional Use Application was submitted to the Kane County Planning Commission by a representative from Glen Canyon Solar (GCS), a utility company out of Salt Lake City that produces electricity through renewable solar energy. GCS proposes construction of seven solar power plants to be constructed on approximately 4,800 acres in Kane County.The plants will be constructed on State Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) between Church Wells and Clark Bench. About 150 to 200 employees will be needed for this project.

Owners of property in the Church Wells area were notified by mail prior to this meeting. A group of those property owners attended the September 14, 2016, meeting to voice their objections to the GCS plants. Some of those objections concerned  the health and welfare of locals who would be exposed to the dust created during construction, as well as the increased traffic that would threaten the general tranquility of the area.

Kane County Land Use Authority Administrator Shannon McBride said there are 51 county conditions the solar company must comply with before receiving a building permit. They must also comply with state regulations as well. After lengthy debates, the commission approved the application, with one no vote, pending the completion of the required conditions.

Reporter Note: The energy produced will most likely be used out of the area.