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STEM program to return at CPS for second year

By Zach Roth, The Columbus Telegram

Columbus Public Schools will once again be showcasing the STEM on the GO! program this year through interactive lessons at the district’s elementary and middle schools. The program, introduced last year, is designed to meet state academic standards for science and math while providing a fun place for students to learn about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)-related fields during the later parts of the school year. Read more here.

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Despite weather, solar farm generating quality energy

By Sam Pimper, Schuyler Sun

There has been an abundance of cold, overcast days since the Schuyler Solar Farm’s December 2018 launch, but that hasn’t prevented the 500-panel system from doing its job. “I’ve really been pleasantly surprised that it produces kilowatt hours, even on some of these cloudy and cold days where the sun has been so low,” said Jim McGowen, superintendent of the Schuyler Department of Utilities. “It (the hours) hasn’t been humongous, but you would think that there might not be any on those kinds of days.” Since going live Dec. 20, 2018, the farm has produced in excess of 53,600-kilowatt hours during an approximately 40-day stretch, McGowen said.

Schuyler Mayor Jon Knutson praised McGowen and his team for working on the project, noting he believes it will benefit the community. “Jim McGowen and the board are always forward thinking … They do a nice job,” he said. “I’m certainly a believer in green energy … We will see how it works out. If it does like it’s supposed to do, we will probably add on to the solar field we have.” Read more here.

Photo: GenPro Energy Solutions built the solar farm on a 33-acre plot of land along east 16th Street.

Solar Farm taking shape along east 16th Street

By Sam Pimper, Schuyler Sun / Columbus Telegram

Those making their way far enough down the stretch of east 16th Street in Schuyler have likely noticed the work taking place on an expansive 33-acre plot of land. The hours of labor transpiring at the location will soon result in the completion of a green energy project similar to ones in Nebraska cities like Fremont, Lincoln, Central City, Aurora and Lexington. A solar energy farm expected to go live in January 2019 is being erected in the town comprised of less than 10,000 people. Continue reading and view photos here.

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Cornhusker looking at renewable energy options

The Columbus Telegram Staff

COLUMBUS — Cornhusker Public Power District is looking into potential renewable energy sources to provide a portion of its electricity. The district’s board of directors recently authorized a study with Omaha-based Bluestem Energy Solutions that will determine the feasibility of both wind and solar projects within Cornhusker’s service area . . . Under its wholesale power agreement with Nebraska Public Power District, Cornhusker could purchase up to 10 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources. Click to read more.

Telegram file photo: Wind turbines rise from the countryside about 4 miles southwest of Creston, where Creston Ridge Wind Farm was built last year.

Forum speakers tout benefits of renewable energy

Art Tanderup discusses the solar panels he uses to generate electricity at his Neligh-area farm during a renewable energy forum Thursday night in Norfolk. Since January, the panels have supplied 82.5 percent of the energy he’s used, which decreased his energy bill by 66 percent compared to the same time frame in 2014.

By Christina Lieffring, Columbus Telegram  

NORFOLK – The Nebraska Farmers Union organized a forum Thursday evening at Northeast Community College’s Lifelong Learning Center, where presenters discussed renewable energy’s impact on the economy, climate change and faith.

NECC’s dean of applied technology, Lyle Kathol, first presented on the opportunities for students and professionals with the development of wind energy in Nebraska. NECC offers the state’s only wind energy technology associate degree, a two-year program that trains students to work in construction or repair of wind turbines.

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Available grant funding & incentives for renewable energy projects:

  • A USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant, if awarded, would cover 25% of the project.
  • Federal Tax Credit of 30% for qualified installations
  • Accelerated depreciation for businesses
  • Self-Employment Tax Credit

Opinion: Congressman Jeff Fortenberry on Green Energy Technology


Published by the Columbus Telegram

A while back when I was on the Lincoln City Council, we actively encouraged the Lincoln Electric System (LES) to build a second wind turbine and subsidize the cost. Now the LES is shifting toward a community based system of solar energy—a creative initiative that receives widespread support. I understand that in the next few years, LES’ power will be 48 percent renewable.

Efforts like this provide a view into the future of energy management. New advanced battery technology soon will be suitable for storing energy in homes. Recent lab advances are producing transparent material that could replace windows with solar panel “glass.” The combination of micro-solar generation conveniently built into existing homes, batteries to store energy, and smart technology that uses appliances during times targeted for optimum energy management—all are right around the corner.

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