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WinnaVegas debuting new air filtration system; casino also getting solar panels

By Mason Dockter, Sioux City Journal

WinnaVegas, [owned by the Winnebago Tribe], is in the process of installing sets of solar panels to power the casino and hotel. Panels have already been installed on the bingo hall, and work is ongoing to install solar panels in other areas on the roofs of casino buildings and on adjacent land. Read more here.

Ho-Chunk, Inc Photo: The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska previously completed more than 400 kilowatts of solar projects, including this solar farm on the reservation. The WinnaVegas Casino projects are part of the tribe’s additional 320 kilowatts of solar capacity development.

The Winnebago Tribe’s economic development corporation: Ho-Chunk, Inc

Previously Posted

2019 Winnebago Tribe’s Solar Development Tour: Please watch our website calendar and Facebook Page for an announcement about this year’s tour and plan to join us!

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Wind farm under construction in Fairmont, Lincoln Journal Star
An Omaha-based energy company says construction on its wind farm in Fillmore County is “well underway.”

It’s the economics: Red states embracing wind energy don’t do it for the climate

By Sarah Mills, University of Michigan, The Conversation, 
San Francisco Chronicle

The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.

Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma lead the nation in renewable energy generation, with more than 30 percent of the power generated in each of these states coming from wind turbines and other renewable sources. Three nearby Great Plains states, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota, are also in the top 10 . . . One reason why these states are greening their electricity is simple. They are in the nation’s windiest region, which runs through the middle of the country from North Dakota down through Texas. Another reason for this wind boom: Many communities in these states see renewable energy as an economic opportunity. Read more here.

NEBRASKA NEWS

OPPD proposes goals of 50% renewables, 20% cut in ‘carbon intensity’, Omaha World-Herald
OPPD has asked the public to weigh in on the new draft directive by Nov. 4, using a form on its website, oppd.com. Officials plan to sift through the next round of public comments in time to share them with the board. If the compromise appears acceptable, the OPPD board could adopt it during its Nov. 15 board meeting. If not, it could be sent back to the drawing board.

The Wire, OPPD Blog Posts

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The Clean Energy States Alliance is a national nonprofit coalition of state and municipal clean energy funds working with federal, regional, industry, and other stakeholders to promote clean energy markets and technologies. CESA has worked on low-income clean energy issues for over a decade. More resources are available on CESA’s low-income clean energy webpage, including CESA’s publications and upcoming and archived webinars.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Longi forecasts 1 TW PV market, PV Magazine International 
Zhenguo Li, founder and CEO of the Chinese solar manufacturer told the Future of Energy Summit in London the global PV marketplace would pass the milestone in the near future.

ADDITIONAL NEW RESOURCE

Tracking the Sun: 2018 Edition

This report by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory documents trends in U.S. grid-connected solar installations, including overall price changes and how pricing depends on the location, system design, installer, customer, and other factors. 

Learn more.

NV Energy Contracts to Build More Than 1,000MW of New Solar, 100MW of Battery Storage

Julia Pyper, Greentech Media

The plan represents the largest clean energy investment in Nevada’s history—as the state contemplates moving to an open, competitive retail electricity market. Read more here.

Photo Credit: Cypress Creek Renewables

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Major Texas Wind Developer Makes First Move Outside The Lone Star State

Dallas-based Tri Global Energy (TGE) will begin building Nebraska’s
100MW Sugar Loaf Wind Energy Project this year.

By Betsy Lillian, North American Windpower

When asked why Nebraska was selected for its latest wind venture, TGE told NAW in a statement that it has “received interest from communities across the U.S.” and that Sugar Loaf “represents an opportunity to work cooperatively with the community and local partners.”

“The community and partners share TGE’s core values and desire for economic development in rural communities,” the company explains. Read the entire article here.

Photo: Pixabay

New best friends: GOP governors and renewables

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter, Climatewire

A number of Republican governors, like Iowa’s Kim Reynolds support clean energy programs. Unlike their Democratic counterparts, who are apt to cite climate benefits of clean energy initiatives, Republicans are content to focus on economic benefits.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is fresh off a legislative session in which he signed nine bills aimed at supporting the clean energy sector. In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott recently signed a tax exemption that solar installers say is essential to jump-starting the residential and commercial market in the Sunshine State. And in Iowa, where wind now accounts for 36 percent of the state’s electricity generation, newly installed Gov. Kim Reynolds recently finished an energy plan that calls for growing the wind, biofuels and solar industries. “For years, our fields have fed the world. Now, they energize it”

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Photo credit: Amy Mayer/Iowa Public Radio Images/Flickr

New report: Adding renewables keeps the lights on and money in America’s pockets

By Greg Alvarez, head editor and writer for Into the Wind, American Wind Energy Association Blog

[On Tuesday], a new report from Analysis Group reconfirmed an important point: adding renewable energy to America’s electricity grid strengthens reliability and saves consumers money. AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan penned a column in the Huffington Post explaining some of Analysis Group’s findings. Here are a few highlights: Continue reading.

Read the Huffington Post column here.

Watch the American Wind Energy video: Wind power: Keeping the lights on

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Wind power: An economic engine for rural America