Regulations surrounding wetlands and archeological sites were enough to make an Oregon solar power developer drop its plans to build a big array on the Thomas Dairy land in Rutland.
"Dick Thomas, one of the co-owners of Thomas Dairy, said Monday he believes the developer had two issues with the property, those being the buffers around archeological sites and wetlands. Pacific Northwest Solar wasn’t able to build the facilities at the size it wanted and making them smaller would have cost the same, so it opted not to proceed. Thomas said Key Collision was considering putting something on this particular parcel in 2010, but backed out over issues regarding a sidewalk."
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