Airport Opens New General Aviation Facility Powered by Renewable Energy

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SWEETWATER COUNTY — Wyoming Regional Airport officials cut the ribbon Wednesday on a new $5.8 million General Aviation facility powered in part by a solar project provided by Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky customers.

The new state of the art facility will house the operations of the Airport owned Fixed Base Operator (FBO), Sweetwater Aviation.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony, held for the new facility, marks the completion of just another improvement in the multi-phased airport capital plan.

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Future projects will include taxiway relocations, commercial terminal modernization & expansion, as well as private non-aeronautical and aeronautical development.

“Sweetwater County is an attractive location for many different industries and businesses— we have a lot to offer,” said Devon Brubaker, Airport Director. “The availability and quality of air transportation service is an important factor in firms’ decisions on where they will locate operations. The new facility is a key component of the community and regional economic development tool kit.”

Local leaders and economic development professionals say improvements to the Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport like this will make it easier for companies to conduct business in Southwest Wyoming.

An outside shot of the brand new General Aviation Terminal and Hangar.

The new facility is supported by the first solar array at an airport in Wyoming. The 30-kilowatt solar array was made possible by a $94,216 grant from Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky customers.

To date, the solar array has provided over 70% of the electricity needed to operate the new facility and the airport’s fire house.

“This new facility will help support industry and economic development in the region for decades to come,” said Rita Meyer, Rocky Mountain Power vice president. “We thank our Blue Sky customers for supporting such an important project.”

Project Superintendent Bill Guse, Owner of A Pleasant Construction Andy Pleasant, and Airport Director Devon Brubaker in the brand new 25,000 sq ft general aviation hangar.

The 30,000 square-foot hangar and terminal complex was built to support the airport’s General Aviation customers and local industries in ways that the previous 90-year-old facility could not.

The new hangar alone provides nearly 25,000 square feet of aircraft storage space capable of supporting aircraft as large the Global Express 7500, Gulfstream 650, and numerous other large cabin business jets.

The nearly 5,000 square foot terminal includes a passenger lobby, pilot’s lounge, pilot quiet rooms, workout space, a professional golf simulator, conference rooms, and office space.

Governor Matt Mead at the ribbon cutting for the Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport’s new General Aviation Terminal and Hangar.

“The delivery of a project of this magnitude is not possible without the support of numerous entities. More specifically, this project received substantial funding support from the Wyoming Business Council, Wyoming Department of Transportation, and Federal Aviation Administration,” said Brubaker.

Furthermore, this project was successful in large part because of the design and construction teams that included Airport Development Group (Engineer), Van Sant Group (Architect), and A Pleasant Construction (General Contractor).

Governor Matt Mead’s airplane on the tarmac at Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport on Wednesday.

About Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport

The Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport is a commercial and general aviation airport serving Southwest Wyoming and is located 7 miles east of Rock Springs in Sweetwater County.

It is owned by the City of Rock Springs and operated by the Rock Springs Sweetwater County Airport Joint Powers Board representing both the City of Rock Springs and Sweetwater County.

Serving over 40,000 commercial passengers and thousands of general aviation flights annually, the airport generates an annual economic impact of over $27 million to the local community and $31 million to the State of Wyoming.

Encompassing over 1,200 acres of developable land, the airport is poised for years of economic growth.

An outside shot of the brand new General Aviation Hangar.

About Sweetwater Aviation

Sweetwater Aviation is Southwest Wyoming’s premier general aviation facility and service provider.

With over 60 years of aviation service experience, our focus is on the customer and providing fast, reliable and safe service to all aircraft types.

As an AvFuel branded, full-service Fixed Base Operator, our service offerings and connection to a national network of world-class FBOs are unparalleled in the Rocky Mountain West region.

Served by Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport’s two runways at 6,700 feet elevation right
along I-80, Sweetwater Aviation is an ideal stop for quick-turns and cross-country flying.

The presentation of the check from Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky Program, which built the solar panels behind this group.

About Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky Program

Since 2006, Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky customers have voluntarily supported wind and solar energy generation in the region.

Blue Sky has provided more than $10 million in funding to community-based renewable energy projects. More information about the Blue Sky program is available at www.rockymountainpower.net/bluesky.