Darren Dageforde, executive director of utilities and energy utilization for UNMC, said the med center has already made great strides in reducing its energy use and increasing efficiency. “Having a renewable energy source on campus demonstrates our commitment to being carbon neutral by 2030 and parallels our mission to create a healthy future for all individuals and communities.” This solar installation is expected to be the largest rooftop system in Nebraska, said Jared Friesen of Morrissey Engineering, which designed the project. Read morehere.
Photo Credit: Morrissey Engineering
Jared Friesen is immediate Past President of Nebraskans for Solar. Our nonprofit has the governing structure of President, President-Elect, and Past President.
OPPD NEWS RELEASE OPPD To Consider Updating Plant Decommissioning Method
Due to the great strides made by Omaha Public Power District employees in the decommissioning of Fort Calhoun Station (FCS), the utility will consider a timely, more economical approach. In a presentation shared with the OPPD Board of Directors during their committee meetings Tuesday, the district’s senior management team provided the option of shifting from the SAFSTOR (safe storage) decommissioning method to DECON (decontamination) . . . DECON has the potential to save the utility up to an estimated $200 million, due to reduced building maintenance and upkeep.
Here comes the sun: How Hampshire College moved to
100 percent solar energy, by Adam Wernick, PRI
Hampshire College, with about 1,400 students in Western Massachusetts, has become the first residential US college with 100 percent solar electricity. “This is a great story that people don’t know about,” says Hampshire’s president, Jonathan Lash. “There are a lot of colleges and universities around the country who have decided to just get on with it. Some of their systems are bigger than ours. We’re pretty proud that we decided to go 100 percent and that we’re a small, not-very-well-resourced college out in snow country that’s able to do this.” Read more here.
This article is based on an interview that aired on PRI’s Living on Earth with Steve Curwood. Before becoming president of Hampshire College, Jonathan Lash was president of the World Resources Institute.
The Billion Dollar Green Challenge initiative advocates for the efficacy of green revolving funds (GRFs), and works to increase the number and size of self-managed green revolving funds at nonprofit institutions across the United States.
The Challenge provides support for new and established green revolving funds at colleges and universities. A GRF is a financing mechanism targeted to campus climate action projects that lower emissions, increase capacity for future projects, and reduce operating costs.
The Billion Dollar Green Challenge was founded by the Sustainable Endowments Institute in 2011. Second Nature oversees and manages US colleges and universities within the initiative. Learn more.
It’s encouraging to see how Nebraska’s institutions of higher learning are directing growing attention to environmental sustainability and energy efficiency. Construction projects, too, are prompting increased attention on this important need. Here are just a few of the examples: Continue readinghere.
Creighton University photo of the campus’ 85-kilowatt solar canopy on the Cuming Street parking lot.
Among the 11 Big Ten universities whose carbon dioxide emissions are publicly known, UNL ranks first by a wide margin with 182,600 metric tons in 2016. That’s nearly a third better than the University of Maryland at College Park, which recorded 239,800 metric tons over the same interval.
Plus, even as UNL has reported years of record enrollment, added research staff and constructed several new facilities, its energy usage has been nearly halved in the last two decades. The university provides living proof that investing in energy-saving techniques can pay for itself through decreased utility costs. As a result, UNL hasn’t operated its coal-fired power and heating plant to power campus for several years . . . Read the entire editorialhere.
Related Reading UNL inching toward setting greenhouse gas reduction goals, by Chris Dunker, Lincoln Journal Star No longer does UNL use a coal-fired power and heating plant built at 14th and W streets in 1930 (now the site of the City Campus utility plant), giving the university an advantage over the University of Iowa, University of Illinois and others within the Big Ten still generating electricity on their campuses and expanding their carbon footprint. UNL instead purchases 100 percent of its electricity to power lights and computers, charge cellphones and run other equipment through Lincoln Electric System, which in turn buys power from the Southwest Power Pool and Western Area Power Administration.
No longer does UNL use a coal-fired power and heating plant built at 14th and W streets in 1930 (now the site of the City Campus utility plant), giving the university an advantage over the University of Iowa, University of Illinois and others within the Big Ten still generating electricity on their campuses and expanding their carbon footprint. UNL instead purchases 100 percent of its electricity to power lights and computers, charge cellphones and run other equipment through Lincoln Electric System, which in turn buys power from the Southwest Power Pool and Western Area Power Administration. Read the entire articlehere.
Poor People’s Campaign takes on economic justice, Jefferson City News Tribune Ameren Missouri outlined a plan in September to spend more than $1 billion and add at least 700 megawatts of wind energy generation in Missouri and neighboring states by 2020. The Poor People’s Campaign called for power companies to build more renewable energy sources.
Monmouth explores renewable energy partnership, Daily Review Atlas MONMOUTH — The City Council on Monday approved a five-month study on the feasibility of a partnership with a renewable energy company. Bluestem Energy of Omaha, Nebraska, presented to the City Council Monday night about a potential partnership for wind and solar energy generation.
Mayor Stan Clouse said Kearney hopes its solar farm
enhances the city’s attraction among high-tech firms.
KEARNEY — Covering 53 acres in northeast Kearney and comprising 22,464 panels, the SoCore solar farm at the city of Kearney’s Tech oNE Crossing is Nebraska’s largest. Rated at 5.7 megawatts, the solar array’s generating capacity is enough to power about 900 houses or supply 5 percent of Kearney’s energy load . . . The University of Nebraska at Kearney bought 52 percent of the shares — enough to provide about 25 percent of the campus’ electrical needs. Central Community College’s Kearney Center just went online with 350 shares. That’s 5 percent of the solar farm’s capacity and enough power to cover all of the electrical needs at CCC’s $23 million, ultra-energy efficient facility in southwest Kearney. Read morehere.
Photo Credit: SoCore Energy
Information Links Developer: SoCore Energy Installer:Interconnection Systems based in Central City, Nebraska NPPD’s SunWise Initiative SunWise is a community solar program available in participating Nebraska Public Power District retail communities.
Current Participating Communities
Venango – fully subscribed
Scottsbluff – Pilot project fully subscribed. NPPD and the City of Scottsbluff are now working on a 5-megawatt project. Kearney – shares available Kearney Community Solar Q&A
Kearney NPPD customers can purchase shares here.
Customers living in other communities served by NPPD may request community solar for their town or city by submitting the online form available at the link, below. NPPD serves 80 communities throughout Nebraska. Request community solar in your community.
Iowa-based Ideal Energy is constructing a 1.1 MW power plant at the Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in Fairfield, Iowa, using the NEXTracker NX Flow integrated solar-plus-storage system. The project will be built on University land and, when completed, it is projected to be one of the largest solar-plus-storage power plants in the state, producing enough energy to cover nearly a third of the University’s annual electricity usage. In addition to those savings, NX Flow will use peak-shaving to significantly reduce MUM’s utility bill during high-demand times. Read morehere.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the progress made by more than 900 public and private-sector organizations that are driving energy efficiency in the U.S. economy through their participation in the Better Buildings Initiative. Moreover, partners across the Better Buildings Initiative are sharing their innovative approaches and successful strategies to accelerate the adoption of energy efficient technologies and practices. The 2018 Better Buildings Progress Reportreleased today highlights this progress in the commercial, industrial, residential and public sectors to improve energy productivity.
BOSTON, MA — Environment America and the Student PIRGs released a letter urging the higher education community to lead America’s transition to using clean, renewable energy sources. Thousands of students from across the country have also voiced their support for their campus to make a commitment to a clean energy transition. Environment America and the Student PIRGs are working with students on more than 65 campuses in 19 states, from coast to coast, to show broad support for 100 percent clean, renewable energy generation. More than 800 students have already participated in the campaign this semester. Continue reading here.
Many administrators are not aware of a critical development in deploying clean energy: the majority of modern campus solar projects are built with no capital outlay from the institution. The most popular way institutions are making the shift to clean energy is with solar projects financed by private investors seeking to earn a “clean return” developing and owning these modern power plants. Private investors are able to harvest tax credits that are unavailable to non-taxable institutions, and their investments are repaid by selling clean energy back to the campus over time. In return for “hosting” privately financed solar power plants on rooftops, fields or covered parking areas, colleges are able to purchase clean energy for less than they paid for conventional power. These long-term contracts offer an additional benefit as they replace the volatility and inflation of electricity prices with a predictable locked in rate for 20-30 years. Currently more than 800 colleges or universities across the country offset a portion of their energy costs with some sort of solar array. Read morehere.