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Solar project pricing should be available soon

Written by Tony Herman, Hastings Tribune

Derek Zeisler, director of marketing and energy supply for Hastings Utilities, gave an update on the power project during the Hastings Utility Board meeting Thursday. Members of the Hastings Utility Board voted recommend approval during their February meeting of a $2.38 million bid from GenPro Energy Solutions for a 1.5 megawatt AC solar project with the purchase option. The project has a completion date of Sept. 2, 2019 . . . Zeisler said Thursday this first phase of the solar project will include more than 6,000 panels within three arrays, most likely off of Highland Road just west of the Hastings Municipal Airport. There is plenty of room there to
expand with future phases. Hastings Utilities is moving forward with three pricing options.
Read more here.

Photo: Fremont’s first of two 1.55-megawatt solar farms.
Credit: Troy Schaben, Assistant City Administrator, Fremont Department of Utilities

Council approves Hastings solar project

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) – The city council Monday night approved a $2.38 million dollar contract with Gen Pro Energy to build a solar farm west of the Hastings airport. It will be a 1.5 megawatt solar field, and have about 6,000 panels according to Derek Zeisler, director of marketing and energy supply with Hastings Utilities. Zeisler said customer options would be able to buy a panel, buy shares or donate to the project as a whole. Whatever rate that’s set would last for 25 years. Continue reading here.

SoCore Energy Photo of Kearney’s Solar Farm

Hastings looks to bring another solar farm to the Tri-Cities

By Kelsey Dikeson, KSNB-Hastings

Another option for renewable energy could be making its way to Hastings soon, as city officials work to develop a community solar farm. It would be just west of the Hastings Airport on a 1.5 megawatt solar field, and have about 6,000 panels . . . “We’re looking into renewables now primarily because customers have approached us, and inquired about the availability of renewables,” said Kevin Johnson, the Hastings Utilities manager. “We’ve been approached by customers in the residential sector, the commercial sector and even the educational sector.”
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SoCore Energy Photo of Kearney’s Solar Farm

Schools, manufacturers working to “grow our own”

Written by Tony Herman, Hastings Tribune

The Hastings Economic Development Corp.’s 45th annual meeting, Thursday evening at The Lark celebrated the work that colleges and school districts in Hastings are exerting to develop young talent and the future workforce . . . CCC broke ground in September 2018 for a 32,000-square-foot renovation and expansion of the Hamilton Building after the CCC Foundation met its $5 million fundraising goal six months ahead of schedule. The Hamilton Building is home to CCC’s advanced manufacturing design technology and welding technology programs . . . CCC is also working on potential partnerships for an energy technology program with companies that are either based in Nebraska or have a presence in Nebraska to train students to work in the renewable energy field in Nebraska. Read the entire article here.

Photo: The wind turbine on the CCC campus that came online in December 2016 has generated 120 percent of the campus’ energy needs in its first two years. Bluestem Energy Solutions of Omaha built and owns the turbine; Hastings Utilities buys and sells the electricity – including to CCC. 

Previously Posted

City of Hastings looking to become more sustainable

By Valerie Juarez, NTV

Hastings, NEB. — One of the tri-cities is looking to become more sustainable. This as it’s hoping to lower their amount of fossil fuels with clean, renewable energy. The city of Hastings says they’re ready for the next step, and this would be a way to protect the community and make it more resilient for the future. Continue reading here.

Related: City seeking proposals for solar project,  by Tony Herman, Hastings Tribune

NEBRASKA ALSO IN THE NEWS HERE

US Utility Invests in Kilowatt Labs to Boost Service with Microgrids, Microgrid Knowledge

Until December 2017, Kilowatt Labs was still a startup company, developing supercapacitor-based energy storage and an energy server that’s designed to manage distributed energy. But after the company delivered its first product in January, Kilowatt Labs attracted more business than expected. Most recently, it garnered a $2.5 million investment from utility NorthWestern Energy, which serves 718,300 customers in Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. Photo: Omer Ghani, co-founder and managing director of Kilowatt Labs.

About NorthWestern Energy

NorthWestern Energy has served customers in Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska for more than 100 years. The company, which got its start in small communities, today provides more than 718,300 residential and business customers with electricity and natural gas. NorthWestern Energy is a publicly-traded company on the New York Stock Exchange.

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.

NEBRASKA ALSO IN THE NEWS HERE

Stowe, Okemo resorts to be powered by virtual wind energy, Vermont Biz
Lincoln Clean Energy Photo: Nebraska’s Plum Creek Wind Farm  development, expected to be completed in 2020.

Should Norfolk do more with solar?

Norfolk Daily News Editorial

Our perception of Norfolk — which is probably shared by many others — is that this is a community that is both progressive and yet conservative. It’s more than willing to try something new but it is cautious about going too far or investing too much simply to be on the cutting edge. It desires to be environmentally friendly but practicality has to be considered, too. That kind of a description provides the context for this question: Should Norfolk be doing more to explore solar energy within the community?
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Also published by The Norfolk Daily News

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

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
Commission opts to delay solar projects, by Tony Herman, Hastings Tribune

After the city of Hastings enacted a moratorium last month on solar energy generation facilities until applicable regulations can be crafted, Adams County has taken similar
action . . .  “The only purpose of the moratorium is so that you can do some planning and some thinking about what you want to do.”  – Dave Bergin, deputy Adams County attorney