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The completion date has been pushed back for the solar power farm on the northwest corner of South Dhooghe Road and South Highway 211

PIONEER PHOTO: CINDY FAMA - Pictured is the solar farm in its early stages back in November.

According to Amy Berg-Pickett, Cypress Creek Renewable's senior northwest zoning and outreach manager, the Colton solar power farm (located on the northwest corner of South Dhooghe Road and South Highway 211) has an updated completion date of late January to mid-February. The solar farm was originally slated to be finished by the end of 2017.

"Sometimes the date of the utility's construction upgrades gets pushed, as needed equipment for us or the utility is delayed," Berg Pickett said in an email.

Jared Necamp, northwest zoning and outreach for Cypress Creek Renewables, said in an email that the "solar panels should be one hundred percent installed by the end of this week and testing will begin shortly after."

"The estimation on the other two other solar farms (Bottlenose Solar located on South Grays Hill Road across from the Colton Elementary School and Wapiti Solar on Schieffer across from the middle school) is that construction will begin in 2019," Berg Pickett said, "There is a chance that the construction could be bumped up into 2018 yet this is unknown at this time." 

The project engineer has previously stated the solar farms will be surround by fencing and a thirty-foot buffer strip that will be planted with trees and native species.

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