By Billy Ludt, Solar Power World
Valmont Industries, a global provider of engineered products and services for infrastructure development and irrigation equipment and services for agriculture, celebrated the interconnection of its 1-MW solar field at its manufacturing facility in Valley, Nebraska. The new solar array is the largest privately-owned, behind-the-meter solar field in Nebraska, spanning 4.3 acres. Convert, a Valmont company, supplied 45 tracker tables making the array. Continue reading here.
Links to additional information:
- Valmont News Release: Valmont Commemorates Installation of One-Megawatt Solar Field at Valley, Nebraska Facility
- Previously Posted: Valmont Utility introduces new single-axis tracker to North American market, Solar Power World
- Valmont Utility
Photo by Valmont – Project installer: Interconnection Systems Inc based in Central City, Nebraska.
GRAND ISLAND NEWS
Grand Island looks to sell surplus credits from green energy, by Brandon Summers, Grand Island Independent
“We’ve been approached by some companies that are interested in marketing these renewable energy credits to either utilities that are in states that have these mandates for renewable energy credits, or companies out there that are interested in reducing their carbon footprint,” Utilities Director Tim Luchsinger said. In 2015, the city launched its first wind project, and a solar array pilot project in 2018. A 50-megawatt wind project in Custer County will go online in two to three years. “That will increase our renewable energy to about 45% to 50% of our total energy used,” Luchsinger said.
- EnergySage: Renewable Energy Credits (RECs)
- National Conference Of State Legislatures: State Renewable Portfolio Standards and Goals
- Nebraska Legislation Introduced in 2021: LB266 – Adopt the Renewable Energy Standards Act
Previously posted articles by Karen Uhlenhuth, Energy News Network:
- Nebraska solar farm highlights tension between cities, electricity wholesaler
The city of Norfolk, Nebraska, soon will celebrate its first solar farm — and the last one allowed under a contract with its electricity wholesaler. The 8.5-megawatt community solar project is being developed in partnership with the Nebraska Public Power District, which supplies power to most of the state outside of Omaha and Lincoln. The hitch for Norfolk is that the public utility’s contracts prevent municipal customers from generating more than 10% of their peak load from alternative sources, a threshold the city expects to reach with this project. “Northeast Nebraska is the renewable energy hotbed of the state,” said Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning. “I’d much rather use clean energy that’s made in our backyard than haul it in on a coal train from Wyoming, which is the status quo in Nebraska.”
- Nebraska utility could slash emissions at little or no added cost, studies show
A pair of reports by independent consultants both conclude that the Nebraska Public Power District could eliminate most of its carbon emissions without having to spend significantly more than it would otherwise for power.
TESLA SOLAR ROOFS
Solar energy popularity grows in Iowa, by Maggie O’Brien, The Nonpareil
A Council Bluffs electrical contractor is believed to be the first in Iowa and Nebraska to install Tesla solar roofs at the homes of customers across both states, including one customer who lives near Lake Manawa. PowerTech, which is headquartered in the Bluffs and has an office in Omaha, is awaiting the required permits before beginning construction at all three homes. In addition to the Manawa property, one home is located in rural Nebraska and one in central Iowa.
Current job locations / listings on Weddle & Sons’ website Include Lincoln: