KEARNEY, Neb. — A $7.65 million dollar data center will be coming to Kearney, the city and Economic Development Council of Buffalo County announced Tuesday. The city said Compute North, based out of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, has entered into an agreement to begin construction on five acres at the Tech oNE Crossing technology park and create 10 new full-time technology and security jobs . . . The Kearney City Council will consider the development agreement for approval at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday June 11, at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council’s chambers. Read more here.
What is cryptocurrency and how does mining work? Cryptocurrency is a computer-generated monetary system. It’s created by specialized, powerful computers called “miners,” which compete mathematically to secure “transactions.” The transactions are bundled into a “block,” which the cryptocurrency miner digitally verifies to assure the validity of all transactions. The miner computes a “cryptographic hash,” a computerized method to ensure the block’s validity and prevent invalid block construction. Blocks are accumulated and accounted for in the blockchain, functioning as digital ledgers. Miners are rewarded for their transactions with a set amount of cryptocurrency.
How does Compute North economize on energy consumption? Crypto mining computers require significant energy. Compute North has established facilities where energy costs are low. We also partner with renewable energy companies to conserve energy and lower costs. Our data centers are in geographic locations where the innovative use of ambient cooling technologies further reduce costs for our mining operations.
Photo by SoCore Energy: Kearney’s solar farm located in the city’s technology park,Tech oNE Crossing. The array generates 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
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 clickingthis link and selecting the Kearney project, or by calling NPPD toll-free at
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.
The 20,000-square-foot building will have the capacity for 120-140 employees. Xpanxion’s current Kearney facility at 810 E. 56th St. has capacity for 75 employees. Once the Tech oNE building is complete, the entire Kearney operation will move there. No detail is spared to shape the space into a state-of-the-art facility where work and play collide . . . Plans for the technology park also include the construction of Nebraska’s largest solar energy array. Officials with Chicago-based SoCore Energy, Nebraska Public Power District and the city entered a 25-year agreement in February to build a 5.8 megawatt, $11 million solar array on 53 acres of the park. Construction for the solar array began in June. Read morehere.
Photo: Kearney’s solar farm consists of approximately 23,000 panels on 53 acres at Tech oNE Crossing, The panels are mounted on a tracker-designed racking system. To date, the array is Nebraska’s largest solar project. It will generate 5.8 megawatts of electricity, or about 5% of Kearney’s peak demand. Related News Story UNK makes move to solar energy with NPPD, SoCore agreement, KSNB – Hastings
UNK SUSTAINABILITY PLAN
Purchasing solar energy fits in with UNK’s long-term plan to improve its environmental impact. UNK rolled out a sustainability plan last year. UNK is beginning to work towards reducing emissions by 13 percent, increasing the recycling rate to 50 percent, reducing energy consumption by 25 percent, reducing water consumption by 15 percent, making the campus 75-percent commute sustainable and using 50-percent green purchasing by 2025. By 2050, UNK plans to be 100-percent climate neutral and have a 90-percent recycling rate.
Columbus, Neb. – Starting Sept. 15, 2017, residential and commercial customers who live in Kearney will have the opportunity to purchase solar shares in the City’s SunWise Community Solar Program. The facility, which will be constructed in Kearney’s Tech oNE Crossing Technology Park, is expected to come online early next year. NPPD has been working with Kearney officials over the past year to develop their respective program, which will be the third of its kind in the state.
“NPPD’s community solar program enables NPPD to partner with its retail communities interested in pursuing their own solar projects,” said NPPD Retail General Manager Tim Arlt. “Under this program, NPPD works with the community and a selected developer to purchase the output of a solar unit. End-use customers can then participate in the program and pay for shares via their electric bill.”
SunWise is a community solar program available in participating Nebraska Public Power District retail communities. Eligible customers have the opportunity to use solar energy to partially power their homes and businesses without the need to invest in a rooftop or home-based system.
Venango – fully subscribed
Scottsbluff – fully subscribed
Kearney – shares available starting September 15, 2017