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Officials with the City of Pocatello have been notified that a planned 200+ acre solar farm to be constructed at Pocatello Regional Airport is off the table.
David Allen, Pocatello Regional Airport Manager, says the project became stuck inside the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) long environmental review process. Officials with the company expressed that deadlines set for the facility would not be met and that stopping the effort was their best course of action.
“We’re extremely disappointed with the news,” said Allen “The FAA-required process was taking too long for investors and they felt they needed to move on.”
In July 2015, another potential project was curtailed due to FAA constraints. Codenamed Pipe, that project was five months behind schedule when the delays caused company officials to pull the plug.
“We are continuing to push for the removal of roughly 900 acres of land from the Airport property map and with it, FAA jurisdiction,” said Allen. “We’re committed to seeing that happen and by doing so developing Pocatello Regional Airport and Business Park into a hub that fuels commerce throughout the region.”