Monthly Archives: September 2017

Cincinnati wants to build country’s largest municipal solar array

 By WLWT

The array would cover up to 150 acres of city property, including Lunken Airport, and help power things like the police department and City Hall. City officials hope to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2035. Read more here.

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This Pathway is the Best Opportunity for Corporate Utility-scale Solar PV Procurement

By Jennifer Deloney, Associate Editor, Renewable Energy World

A new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) said that innovation is enabling more corporate solar procurement, with new purchasing models, declining costs, and increased interest by corporate purchasers driving this segment.

NREL said that as of July, corporate customers have contracted for more than 2,300 MW of utility-scale solar PV. In addition, corporate procurement of utility-scale solar PV grew from about 1 percent of annual installed utility scale capacity in 2014 to 9 percent in 2016, and it accounted for 17 percent so far this year. Click here to learn more. 

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Kearney solar array nearly complete, residents can now sign up for renewable energy

By Ifesinachi Egbosimba, Nebraska TV

Kearney’s community solar project: 22,000 panels on 53 acres.

The Kearney solar array is the latest addition to the city’s Tech oNE Crossing, and the city manager is hoping the array will attract even more businesses to the area.

The solar array is set to be complete by February. To buy a share in the array, you must be a Nebraska Public Power District customer. Click here to request a solar share.

Read the entire news story here.

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John S. McCollister: The benefits of wind energy

Midlands Voices, Omaha World-Herald

The writer, of Omaha, represents Legislative District 20 in the Nebraska Legislature.

Along with our abundant groundwater resources, Nebraska has a very special above-ground resource — wind. As a member of the Natural Resources Committee, I am proud to have worked closely with my colleagues in the Legislature to pass Legislative Bill 824 in 2016. This bill, which I introduced and designated as my personal priority, allows wind energy companies to thrive in Nebraska by removing 1930s regulatory barriers. Continue reading.

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Hurricanes, batteries and backup power: An interview with Sonnen

By Jonathan Gifford, PV Magazine 

In this interview from the Solar Power International trade show, Sonnen CEO Christoph Ostermann and Senior VP Blake Richetta talk about the market for backup power, and how this has been influenced by recent disasters. Read the interview here.

  • An event in November will be the beginning of the sonnen community in the US.
    – Blake Richetta, from Gifford’s interview
  • Read more about Sonnen Communities in this Reuters article.
  • FAQ: Does a storage battery qualify for the 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit?
    ANSWER: According to the Bloomberg article, Battery Storage Still Needs Solar for Growth:
    On their own, batteries don’t qualify for federal tax credits. But if a storage unit is charged at least 75 percent by solar, it can qualify for at least part of a U.S. subsidy enjoyed by those projects — the investment tax credit, according to David Burton, a New York-based partner at Mayer Brown LLP.

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Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light & Nebraska Sierra Club Sponsoring Community Events This Thursday

Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light Presents “Conversations With Ken Haar:
Messages of Hope for a Changing Climate”

September 28, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Lincoln Community Foundation
5th Floor Large Conference Room
215 Centennial Mall S

Former Nebraska State Senator Ken Haar was a leader on issues related to protecting the environment during his eight years in the Legislature, from 2009 to 2017. He was the primary introducer of legislation dealing with climate change.
Currently, he is making presentations all across the state about the impacts of climate change and opportunities and strategies that help communities mitigate or adapt to climate change.

Join  Ken Haar and Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light for this discussion about messages of hope in response to climate change.

Recommended Reading: The Good Life: Electric car does the driving, and talking, for climate change message around state

Nebraska Sierra Club Program

Recent Developments in Sustainable & Responsible Investing With Tyler Mainquist

September 28, 2017 at 7 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
7020 Cass Street
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Future wind farm to benefit local economy

By Katie Stevenson, News Editor, Northwest Missourian

“Tenaska is developing a 200 to 300-megawatt wind project near Maryville in Nodaway County,” Ten Kley [Director of Strategic Development & Acquisitions at Tenaska] said. “Since we first started talking to landowners in April, we have signed agreements for the majority of the acres needed to construct the project, and we are driving toward completion of our leasing efforts.”

The Tenaska wind farm will boost the local economy, according to Ten Kley. The total estimated construction will cost between $200 million to $300 million but will also increase tax revenue to the local government. Continue reading.

Photo: Tenaska Headquarters in Omaha

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National Farmers Union President joins advisory board of New Energy America

Posted on Farm Forum

HURON, S.D. — In a move to further Farmers Union’s commitment to promoting American grown, renewable energy sources, National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson joined the advisory board of New Energy America, a new organization created to promote clean energy jobs in rural America.

Johnson and National Farmers Union will support New Energy America’s engagement with communities and lawmakers in rural America to demonstrate how policies that support the deployment of clean energy create jobs in rural America. Continue reading.

About New Energy America
New Energy America was founded by a group of Americans who know firsthand the economic opportunities being created in rural America by clean energy. We believe that the future is bright in rural America, especially when we embrace growing industries that meet our energy needs, reduce pollution, save consumers money, and enhance our national security.
www.newenergyamerica.org

China takes the lead on cleaning up air pollution

Daniel K. Gardner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Today, China is the world’s largest investor in renewable energy, with outlays in 2015 totaling $103 billion, more than double U.S. spending of $44 billion. Of the planet’s 8.1 million jobs in renewable energy, 3.5 million are in China, whereas fewer than 1 million are in the United States. Persuaded that clean energy is good for the environment and the economy, China has committed $367 billion through 2020 to the development of renewable power sources — a level of investment that is expected to generate 13 million jobs.

China also is looking beyond its borders, by exporting the expertise it has developed in renewable energy and supporting technologies. In 2016, China invested tens of billions in renewable energy projects in Australia, Germany, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Pakistan, Vietnam, Indonesia and elsewhere. Read the entire article here.

Stock Photo: In China, the number of premature deaths from air pollution is more than 1 million every year. Each year, 200,000 Americans die prematurely because of bad air quality.

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Omaha company building wind turbine in Seward

Lincoln Journal Star

Construction is underway on a wind turbine in Seward. Bluestem Energy Solutions announced this week that it is constructing a 1.7 megawatt wind turbine on a farm near the city of 7,000 about 20 miles west of Lincoln.

Continue reading.

Photo Credit: Beatrice Daily Sun. The energy generated by the Seward wind turbine will be enough to power 600 homes.

According to the 2016 census, Seward’s population is 7,219, and the number of occupied homes is 2,521. The wind turbine will provide about 25% of Seward’s homes with renewable energy.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
Turbine is a wind win as it meets all CCC electricity needs, Hastings Tribune