By Margaret Reist, Lincoln Journal Star
Residents who live near a proposed solar farm east of Lincoln turned out in force Tuesday to make one last appeal to the Lancaster County Board to deny — or significantly modify — a special permit allowing a Chicago company’s project to move forward.
The special permit — which commissioners will vote on at a Dec. 16 staff meeting — would allow Ranger Power to develop a solar farm on about 1,430 acres of land stretching from 148th and 190th streets and from O Street to Havelock Avenue. Continue reading here.
Photo: Virginia pollinator-friendly solar farm demonstrating tree screening surrounding it.
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It All Begins With Landowners
- Moderator, Dave Levy: Partner, Baird Holm. He is representing Ranger Power in the proposed Salt Creek Solar project.
- Sean Harris: Vice President of Development, Ranger Power.
- Mike Zakrzewski: A third-generation Holt County, Nebraska farmer who is among landowners hosting Grande Prairie Wind Farm turbines in return for annual lease payments.
- John Hansen: President of the Nebraska Farmers Union and Chair of the Nebraska Wind & Solar Conference planning committee. As he states in the video, he is “a landowner in a potential wind project.”
- The Department of Energy’s Farmer’s Guide to Going Solar answers questions landowners and community members commonly share about community-scale and larger solar projects.
- Salt Creek Solar (PDF), Ranger Power
Department of Energy Photos: As everyone likely knows by now, a growing number of landowners and communities are collaborating with solar developers, local urban and rural food producers and utility companies on initiatives to co-locate solar gardens and farms with specialty crops, including those grown for the organic food markets, and / or developing pollinator-friendly habitats in partnership with local beekeepers, increasing the land’s productivity and economic value while improving the soil’s health.