By Sam Pimper, Fremont Tribune
The farm itself will encompass approximately 5 of the 10-acre plot being developed. The Community Solar farm would consist of approximately 3,900 panels, and anybody who is a customer of the Fremont Department of Utilities would have the opportunity to purchase solar shares that would cover up to 80 percent of their used Kilowatt-hours. Currently, more than 40-percent of the farm has been sold, with nearly 50 percent of signups happening within two weeks. Read more here.
Photo: Dodge County Courthouse. Credit: Chris Bristol
ALSO IN TODAY’S NEWS
- NextEra lines up GE in Nebraska, ReNews
- Nebraska working to catch up on wind energy, KETV
- Nebraska’s wind energy increases, The North Platte Bulletin
- What they’re saying: US Conference of Mayors passes 100% renewable resolution, Into the Wind, the American Wind Energy Association Blog
Erin Hassanzadeh, KETV
The Meristem Organic Farm and Nursery is on a 100-year-old Papillion farmstead. It gives people a peek into the past and a look into the future of farming – with its rustic old barn located next to shiny new solar panels. Tom Lundahl got a grant to buy used solar panels for his farm. The panels heat a 700-gallon water tank that powers a propagating bench for the farm’s hottest crop.
1,003 community solar proposals are awaiting action from Xcel Energy, Minnesota’s largest electric utility.
Written by Daniel Cusick, Climate Wire. Republished by Midwest Energy News
“It’s bigger than anyone ever anticipated, and bigger things are coming,” said [Ellen] Anderson, who, before joining academia, spent decades working on Minnesota energy policy as a state senator, as chairwoman of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and as senior policy adviser to Gov. Mark Dayton (D).
Anderson was among the more than 80 people, both experts and neophytes, gathered here last week for the last of four regional workshops on community solar sponsored by the Department of Energy’s National Community Solar Partnership. Click to read more.
Photo: The community solar garden is just one model of solar energy project developing around the state; the electrical cooperative is another. This array of panels in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota was built by Lake Region Electric Cooperative workers. Credit: Ann Arbor Miller | MPR News file
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED VIEWING & READING
Nebraska working to catch up on wind energy, KETV video
North American leaders to pledge more reliance on renewables, Associated Press / Nebraska TV. “The transformation of the American energy sector that’s underway is going to continue,” [Brian Deese, senior adviser to President Obama] said. “That has been driven by some of the policy choices this president has made, but it’s also being driven by market forces that are bringing down the cost of clean energy at rates that even the smartest analysts weren’t predicting only a couple of years ago.”
Obama To Set New Clean Energy Goal: 50 Percent Carbon-Free Power By 2025, NET Nebraska
Dialogue before dispute: Clean energy groups call on regulators for uniform rate design approach: Over 30 consumer, renewable energy and environmental groups are calling on NARUC to set a ‘holistic’ model for rate reforms, Utility Dive
Survey: Global interest in efficiency at ‘all-time high’, Utility Dive
The new EV playbook: How utilities can gain from the coming boom in electric vehicles: Electric vehicles can offer grid services at bargain prices of charging is done when and where utilities need it, Utility Dive
Resilient Cities: Some Great Examples, EDM Digest