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City seeking proposals for solar project

By Tony Herman, Hastings Tribune

The city of Hastings is seeking proposals for a 1.5 megawatt solar farm project. Derek Zeisler, Hastings Utilities director of marketing and energy supply, told members of the Hastings Utility board during their regular meeting Thursday HU will disseminate an RFP on Friday for a solar farm project and is asking for those proposals by Nov. 28. “It seems to be a good size for a good price point,” he said of the 1.5 megawatt size of the solar project, which is similar to the power generated by the Central Community College-Hastings wind turbine. Continue reading here.

Photo Credit: Troy Schaben, Assistant City Administrator, Fremont Department of Utilities. First Fremont Solar Farm, 1.55-megawatts. The city completed a second solar farm of the same size in September 2018 to accommodate strong customer demand.

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City plans dedication for Oct. 1

The Fremont Tribune

The City of Fremont will be hosting a dedication for Solar Farm No. 2, the electric vehicle charging stations and the plug-in hybrid vehicles at 10 a.m. Oct. 1 at Solar Farm No. 2, located at 3851 East Hills Farm Road (near the intersection of Old Highway 275 and Hills Farm Road). The public is invited. Read more here.

Photo Courtesy of Troy Schaben, Assistant Fremont City Administrator of Utilities: Fremont’s First Solar Farm

RELATED NEWS STORY
City’s electric vehicle charging stations up-and-running, by Colin Larson, Fremont Tribune

City’s electric vehicle charging stations up-and-running

By Colin Larson, Fremont Tribune

The City of Fremont recently completed installation of two ChargePoint electric vehicle (EV) charging stations — located in downtown Fremont, and along the 23rd Street corridor . . . The city purchased the two ChargePoint stations with help from a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust through the Nebraska Community Energy Alliance. The city received a $300,000 grant toward Solar Farm No. 2, 50 percent of the cost of two ChargePoint public electric vehicle charging stations, and 50 percent of the cost of five plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) Kia Niro crossover vehicles. Read more here.

ChargePoint Photo

OPPD Board Receives Community Solar Update

Omaha Public Power District News Release

Omaha Public Power District’s plans for community solar are moving forward. During their monthly meeting, today, the OPPD Board of Directors received an update on the project. The district awarded a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) to a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, to build a 5-megawatt solar facility near the City of Fort Calhoun. When the community solar program has been finalized, OPPD customers will have an opportunity to purchase shares of the solar energy produced. The utility will be developing the marketing of these solar shares in the next few months, and we will include stakeholder outreach as part of this process. Read the entire release here.

NextEra Wind Projects in Nebraska

More Nebraska Community Solar News
City gives public look at solar farm, power plant, Fremont Tribune

Solar farm, power plant tour set for Tuesday

By Colin Larson, Fremont Tribune

For area residents who might want to learn more about the local solar program, the Nebraska Conservation Educational Fund (NCEF) is hosting a tour of both the Fremont Solar Farm and Lon D. Wright Power Plant on Tuesday, June 5 at 4 p.m. The walking tour is free to attend and will include 40-minute presentations focused on both the Fremont Solar Farm and Lon D. Wright Power Plant. The Solar Farm portion of the tour will feature a presentation from Jeff Berggren, GenPro Energy Solutions Nebraska Project Manager. Read more here.

Photo Courtesy of Troy Schaben, Assistant City Administrator of the Fremont Department of Utilities: Fremont’s First Solar Farm

FREMONT SCHOOLS & COMMUNITY SOLAR
When asked in an email if local schools may participate in Fremont’s Community Solar Program, Mr. Schaben replied, “While they did not participate in this phase of the solar farm, they were eligible to participate.”

More About Fremont’s Community Solar Development

About the Nebraska Conservation Educational Fund (NCEF)
The Nebraska Conservation Educational Fund (NCEF) works to build a conservation movement that transcends ideological and political boundaries, and that is led by a broad coalition of Nebraskans who aim to protect our natural resources and ensure that we have a just, secure, and prosperous future. Working as a non-profit, non-partisan organization, NCEF educates the public, media and elected officials about important conservation issues, works to increase public participation in the democratic process and mobilizes a diverse network of people to engage in public policy.

SEPA Case Study – Selling Out 1.55 MW of Community Solar in 7 Weeks: Inside the City of Fremont, Nebraska‘s Community Solar Program

Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

Few think of rural towns as the perfect case study for community solar, but they don’t know Fremont, Nebraska. The town has a long history of environmental stewardship and latent demand for renewable energy. When Brian Newton arrived in Fremont as the new Utility General Manager, he set about discussing the possibility of a community solar farm for his customers. Through a series of public meetings, Brian was able to launch, and twice expand, the community solar farm within seven weeks. This case study lays out the principles and tactics Newton undertook to ensure the 1.55 MW community solar farm was a success.

  • Click here to read more and to download the free research report.
  • Learn more about Fremont’s Community Solar Farm by watching this YouTube video.

Utilities take note: Next generation utility-led community solar is emerging

By Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive
Flexible subscriptions and solar-plus plans “push the envelope” of utility programs.

[Smart Electric Power Alliance Utility Strategy Manager Dan] Chwastyk said the success of the Municipal Utility of Freemont, NE, SunShares program may be one version of next generation community solar. Fremont worked with SEPA on a survey to understand what customers wanted, Department of Utilities General Manager Brian Newton told Utility Dive . . . Newton said the utility decided the best way to capture the interest was to offer two kinds of subscriptions.
Read the entire article here.

Photo by Mike Kruger: Construction began in October on Fremont’s first solar farm, which sold out in 7 weeks and is expected to go online in December. A second solar farm already has a waiting list of 70.

To learn more about Fremont’s innovative community solar program, click the following links:

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING

Nebraska town can’t get enough of community solar: Smart program design drives sold-out project, Smart Electric Power Alliance

Fremont Business Park, Greater Fremont Development Council

  • 80 acres municipally-owned, shovel ready; Olsson Associates master planned site
  • 10MW power available with ability to grow with customer
  • Power rates in the 4.5 to 4.9 cent range per kWh – Municipally-owned utilities
  • Fixed rate period up to 5 yrs. available per Nebraska State law and dependent on size and scope of project
  • Municipality has two sources for power backup; NPPD & OPPD through automatic interconnect agreements

City of Fremont Works for a Second Solar Farm After the First Sells Out

By Kari Lawrence, US92, Nebraska News Channel

FREMONT – Due to the first solar farm in Fremont selling out, and the overwhelming response from the community, the City of Fremont is planning a second farm. The City of Fremont is working toward a grant to help fund the making of the second solar farm in Fremont. The grant would come from The Nebraska Environmental Trust, which Executive Assistant of Communications and Grants, Lottie Mitchell says made the most sense. Read more here.

To learn more about Fremont’s First Solar Farm, click the following links:

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
Fremont Business Park, Greater Fremont Development Council

  • 80 acres municipally-owned, shovel ready; Olsson Associates master planned site
  • 10MW power available with ability to grow with customer
  • Power rates in the 4.5 to 4.9 cent range per kWh – Municipally-owned utilities
  • Fixed rate period up to 5 yrs. available per Nebraska State law and dependent on size and scope of project
  • Municipality has two sources for power backup; NPPD & OPPD through automatic interconnect agreements

Earlier Articles Showing the Solar Farm’s Progression

Solar Powering Your Community: Fremont, Nebraska

Sponsored by the City of Fremont

Local governments interested in learning about how to make their community solar ready in the Fremont, NE region are invited to a free workshop with national and local experts on Wednesday, May 27th at the Christensen Field Meeting Room. (Please see our calendar for additional details).

This interactive workshop will provide actionable information on creating local-level solar policies and permitting processes.

Areas of focus include:

  1. The benefits and barriers of solar development in Nebraska;
  2. Understanding the regulatory landscape of solar;
  3. Getting Fremont solar ready; and
  4. Innovative financing options for solar projects.

Lunch Provided for Registered Participants
REGISTER HERE.
Email questions to solar@icma.org

The U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative Workshop, Solar Powering Your Community: Omaha, which Nebraskans for Solar helped the City of Omaha organize and present, was held on June 7, 2013 at Metro Community College.