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Wind farm company to visit with NCORPE

By Todd Von Kampen, North Platte Telegraph

Board members of NCORPE, the water augmentation project in southwest Lincoln County, have invited the developer of four northeast Nebraska wind farms to make a public presentation Monday in Curtis. A representative of Invenergy will discuss the firm’s wind- and solar-energy projects during the Nebraska Cooperative Republican Platte Enhancement Project’s 10 a.m. board meeting at the Curtis Community Center. General Manager Kyle Shepherd said a public comment period will follow Invenergy’s presentation, which arises from his board’s ongoing interest in leasing part of NCORPE’s 19,500-acre pumping ground for renewable energy projects. Continue reading here.

Website: NCORPE.Org

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Compute North cuts ribbon on ‘next generation data center’

By Mike Konz, Kearney Hub

The Compute North facility that soon will be built at Kearney’s Tech oNE Crossing represents the next generation in data centers. The Kearney data center will occupy just 5 acres and employ 10-20 when completed, but it will possess massive computing power. Compute North’s tenants will utilize their computing power for a variety of applications ranging from blockchain technology and cryptocurrency to artificial intelligence and machine learning. Read more here.

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Photo by SoCore Energy of Kearney’s Solar Farm consisting of approximately 23,000 panels on 53 acres located in the city’s technology park, Tech oNE Crossing, To date, the array is Nebraska’s largest solar project, generating 5.8 megawatts of electricity, or about 5% of Kearney’s peak demand. Track The Farm’s Energy Production.
Installer: Interconnection Systems based in Central City, Nebraska
NPPD’s SunWise Community Solar Program

Compute North’s colocation services listed on their website include “cost-competitive infrastructure powered by renewable energy.”

Initiative & Resources for Green Data Center Owners & Colocation Services Providers

Future of Internet Power is a member of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA). The organization’s mission: “Increase the use of renewable energy to power data centers  through collaboration with companies, power providers, developers, utilities and policymakers.”

Accomplishments 

  • Produced a white paper, informed by colocation data center clients and vendors and GHG emissions verifiers, outlining the information and documentation that may be required to verify colocation client greenhouse gas inventories as it relates to renewable energy procured by colocation vendors for their data centers
  • Developed and launched the Corporate Colocation and Cloud Buyers’ Principles, six criteria that customers of data center colocation and cloud services expect their data center service providers to meet
  • Compiled a series of tools and resources for companies to use as they put the Principles into action
  • Produced a white paper with the World Resources Institute addressing the issues of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions accounting, renewable energy procurement, and reporting in the data center sector
  • Continuing to work with our REBA co-founders to scale renewable energy and help corporations purchase 60GW of additional renewable energy in the US by 2025

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About REBA

Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA)
In 2018, four leading NGOS — Rocky Mountain InstituteWorld Wildlife FundWorld Resources Institute, and Business for Social Responsibility — merged their renewable energy programs, the Business Renewables Center, the Future of Internet Power, the Buyers Principles, and Green Tariff programs. This programmatic consolidation builds upon their collective success and offers a single streamlined solution.

Green Data Centers’ Global Market 

Green Data Centers: Worldwide Market Insight Report 2019-2024 – Power Segment to Hold a Significant Market Share, Research and Markets, Globe Newswire. The green data center market was valued at USD 43.24 billion in 2018 and is expected to reach a value of USD 147.88 billion by 2024 registering a CAGR of 23.01%, during the forecast period 2019-2024. The concern about the growing percentage of energy consumption by data centers over the years has alerted governments across the US and Europe to regulate energy consumption regularly, which is the primary factor which drives the green data center market.

CCC center in Kearney showcases technology

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One year ago we raved when Central Community College opened its 63,000-square-foot center in southwest Kearney. The structure at 11th Street and 30th Avenue employs numerous strategies for energy efficiency. Among the strategies are innovative skylights, solar-powered lights in the parking lot, walls that seal out heat and cold, and windows that can darken like sunglasses to reduce the greenhouse effect to rein in air conditioning costs.

The CCC Kearney Center also is purchasing power from the SoCore solar array at TechoNE Crossing, Nebraska’s largest solar array. Combined with the many efficiencies, adding the solar power boosts the center’s green rating and makes it a model of modern eco-friendly engineering, construction and facility operations. Continue reading here.

Top Photo Credit: Morrissey Engineering

KEARNEY’S COMMUNITY SOLAR FARM

Project: Kearney’s solar farm consists of approximately 23,000 panels on 53 acres located in the city’s technology park, Tech oNE Crossing, The panels are mounted on a tracker-designed racking system. To date, the array is Nebraska’s largest solar project, generating 5.8 megawatts of electricity, or about 5% of Kearney’s peak demand.
Developer: SoCore Energy
Installer: Interconnection Systems based in Central City, Nebraska
NPPD’s SunWise Community Solar Program

Photo Credit: SoCore Energy, LLC

Nebraska Supreme Court orders NPPD to open its books, disclose costs

By Paul Hammel, Omaha World-Herald

LINCOLN — The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled Friday that the Nebraska Public Power District must open its books and disclose specific cost information, including the expense of generating electricity from its individual power plants . . . A private company that seeks to compete with NPPD, Lincoln-based energy firm Aksamit Resource Management, had filed a lawsuit seeking the information from the public power firm. Aksamit argued that the information was public and that it would help the firm and Nebraska ratepayers better understand why NPPD’s costs were rising. Without the detailed information, the firm argued, the public could not determine why NPPD’s costs had risen. Read more here.

Public Domain Photo of a Hybrid Project

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2017 Top government stories: Kearney switches on $11 million solar farm

By Mike Konz, Managing Editor, Kearney Hub

The idea for the solar park was planted several years ago. That is when Kearney Mayor Stan Clouse and City Manager Mike Morgan began looking into renewable energy systems. Kearney had narrowly missed being selected as the site for a $1 billion Facebook data center. Facebook had been offered an extremely competitive electrical rate to build in Kearney, but planners selected a site in Iowa that offered electricity from wind turbines. Kearney leaders realized that to get tech companies’ attention, clean renewable energy had to be part of the proposition. Click here to read the entire article.

Photo Caption: It was the year of the trail in Kearney, as the final stretch of a 13.2-mile hike-bike trail finally linked Cottonmill Park west of the city with Fort Kearny State Recreation Area southeast of the city. Kearney also completed Nebraska’s first water trail near Yanney Heritage Park. Credit: Mike Konz, Kearney Hub

Track Kearney Solar Farm’s Energy Production

To learn more about installing solar for your home, business or farm, plan to attend the Kearney workshop Is Solar Right for You? sponsored by Common Ground and presented by Nebraska Extension Educator F. John Hay on January 30, 2018. The public is invited!

NPPD’s COMMUNITY SOLAR PROGRAM

  • Kearney residents may sign up online to purchase solar shares in the project by clicking this link and selecting the Kearney project, or by calling NPPD toll-free at1-877-275-6773.
  • Request Community Solar In Your Community: In addition to Kearney, participating communities in NPPD’s SunWise Program include Venango and Scottsbluff. If you are an NPPD customer who lives in another town or city and would like to request community solar, click here to submit the SunWise Community Solar Interest Form.

ALSO OF POTENTIAL INTEREST – PILOT COMMUNITY STORAGE PROGRAM

SoCore and United Power, an 82,000 member Colorado co-op, are partnering on an innovative community-battery-storage pilot program.
Like community solar, members of the community will purchase a portion of the battery’s capacity to power their homes during peak hours. In exchange, the participants will lower the demand charges on their monthly electrical bills. Construction on the project will start in the first quarter of 2018.

Switch is on at Kearney’s solar farm: $11M facility is Nebraska’s largest

By Mike Konz, Kearney Hub Managing Editor

The 53-acre solar farm cost $11 million and, on a good day, will generate 5.8 megawatts of clean, renewable electricity. The project is a partnership between the city, Nebraska Public Power District and Chicago-based SoCore Energy, which has built hundreds of solar arrays, mostly on the roofs of large buildings. [Russell] Young, SoCore’s vice president of operations, said Kearney’s project is his company’s largest, but as the cost of building solar farms declines, he is confident SoCore will be building more like the one at Kearney’s Tech oNE Crossing.
Read more here.

Top Photo: Officials snip a green ribbon to dedicate the $11 million, 53-acre solar array in northeast Kearney. Credit: Mike Konz, Kearney Hub

Photo: “Interconnection Systems of Central City built Kearney’s solar array on the Tech oNE Crossing tract near 56th Street and Antelope Avenue.”

NPPD’s SunWise Program

  • Kearney residents may sign up online to purchase solar shares in the project by clicking this link and selecting the Kearney project, or by calling NPPD toll-free at
    1-877-275-6773.
  • Request Community Solar In Your Community: In addition to Kearney, participating communities in NPPD’s SunWise Program include Venango and Scottsbluff. If you are an NPPD customer who lives in another town or city and would like to request community solar in your community, click here to submit the SunWise Community Solar Interest Form.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING – COMMUNITY BATTERY SYSTEMS

SoCore and United Power, an 82,000 member Colorado co-op, are partnering on an innovative community-battery-storage pilot program.
Like community solar, members of the community will purchase a portion of the battery’s capacity to power their homes during peak hours. In exchange, the participants will lower the demand charges on their monthly electrical bills. Construction on the project will start in the first quarter of 2018.

UNK will purchase more than half of the electricity from Nebraska’s largest solar farm in Kearney

By Cole Epley, Omaha World-Herald

Operators of the state’s largest solar farm have yet to publicly market shares of the community solar project being built at Kearney’s technology park. But six months before Chicago-based SoCore Energy completes the project in Kearney, organizers have already landed a high-profile taker that will purchase more than half of the electricity generated by the $11 million project. The University of Nebraska at Kearney expects to get about 12 gigawatts of electricity a year from the 5.8-megawatt solar farm through its purchase of about 3,600 “shares” in the project. Continue reading.

Photo: Jon Watts, left, UNK’s vice chancellor for business and finance, with Kearney Mayor Stan Clouse. The solar farm is being built in Kearney. Credit: UNK Communications

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING

Public invited to tour new Kearney Center at Central Community College on Thursday

CCC’s new Kearney Center a real gem
Kearney Hub Opinion

The 11 a.m. ribbon cutting will be followed by tours through 8 p.m. [New facilities in Kearney] include structures and installations such as the Health Science Education Complex at UNK, the 400,000-square-foot distribution center at Baldwin Filters, and SoCore’s 53-acre solar array that will be Nebraska’s largest when it goes online in January. Read more here.

Central Community College Address1215 30th Avenue, Kearney, Nebraska 68845

ALSO OF POTENTIAL INTEREST

Solar Energy Community Forum

NCORPE Officials seeking wind-solar project proposals

By Lori Potter, Kearney Hub  

EDITOR’S NOTE: Information for this story was gathered during the 2017 Nebraska Water and Natural Resources Tour June 27-29.

NORTH PLATTE — The wind blowing through restored grasslands of the 19,500-acre Nebraska Cooperative Republican Platte Enhancement property in southern Lincoln County might someday generate additional energy for Nebraska and added income. NCORPE officials are accepting proposals through July 14 from third parties interested in leasing land for wind or solar energy projects. Continue reading.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING – NCORPE NEWS RELEASE
The NCORPE board of directors is providing a comment period to receive input from the public and interested stakeholders. Comments can be sent to:

Kyle Shepherd at kshepherd@urnrd.org
 or NCORPE, C/O Kyle Shepherd, 24871 S. Lone Star Road, North Platte, NE 69101. All comments must be received by July 26, 2017.

Interested parties are invited to a public open house on July 26th at 10:00 a.m. to learn about the project and provide comment. Following the public comment period NCORPE will respond to questions and comments received on the NCORPE wind/solar energy development project page at www.ncorpe.org.

What is NCORPE?
NCORPE, theNebraska Cooperative Republican Platte Enhancement Project, is an interlocal agency that was formed in the fall 2012 by four Natural Resources Districts (NRDs) (Upper Republican NRD, Middle Republican NRD, Lower Republican NRD, Twin Platte NRD) to increase stream flows in the Republican and Platte Rivers.

The agency has purchased irrigated land in Lincoln County, Nebraska and retired it from irrigation so that water can be transported via pipelines and tributaries to the Republican and Platte Rivers. NCORPE guarantees that river flow obligations are met in the Republican and Platte Rivers. Not meeting those obligations, such as the Republican River Compact, would cause severe financial and regulatory penalties along with the permanent shutdown of over 300,000 irrigated acres. In addition to assurances NCORPE provides that interstate and intrastate river flow obligations are met, the project meets these obligations in a way that protects the economy.

Link to the release.

Solar array is on its way: Work begins on $11M Kearney project

By Mike Konz, Managing Editor, Kearney Hub

KEARNEY — Sometime in January, SoCore Energy will throw the switch and electrical power from 22,464 solar panels will begin flowing into Kearney. But before that happens, there is work to do. Following a groundbreaking Tuesday, construction of Nebraska’s largest solar energy array now is under way in northeast Kearney’s Tech oNE Crossing technology park. Continue reading

Photo: Some of the 4,500 metal piles that will hold the solar panels are laid out and ready to pile-drive into position after Tuesday’s groundbreaking for the $11 million solar array in northeast Kearney. When it’s finished it will be Nebraska’s largest array.
Credit: Mike Konz, Kearney Hub