By Alden German, KLKN TV
Lancaster County may soon have a new solar farm. The plan, still in its early stages, would build an 1100 acre solar farm just northeast of Lincoln in an area from north 134th to 148th Streets, from Holdredge to Adams Streets. Why Lincoln? “In the first place we believe there is a marketplace for solar power that we are intending to produce with this project. There is existing infrastructure in place that we believe can handle the size of the project we want to build, which eliminates the need to build costly transmission lines,” Colin Snow of Ranger Power said.
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Lincoln Journal Star Editorial Board
As demand for renewable energy increases and the cost of generating it decreases, the playing field in Nebraska is evolving. Omaha Public Power District shut down its nuclear plant, the nation’s smallest, near Fort Calhoun in October 2016, citing its operating costs. Just a few months later, LES formally ended its agreement to purchase 30% of the power generated by a coal-fired Nebraska Public Power District plant near Hallam. Meanwhile, more companies than ever pledge to use 100% of their power from renewable sources, as Facebook has done with wind energy at its new Papillion data center, and energy providers increasingly diversify for more environmentally friendly offerings. Continue reading here.
Image: A rendering shows a series of solar panels planned as part of a proposed 230-megawatt solar farm east of Lincoln.
By Scott Koperski, Beatrice Daily Sun News Editor
Plans for a wind farm in northern Gage and southern Lancaster counties that failed to materialize may be resurrected by a different company . . . NextEra anticipates the $141 million project would create around 200 jobs during construction and generate more than $25 million in property taxes over a 30-year period. The company is planning two informational events to discuss the project with the public. The events will both be at the Hallam Auditorium at 15 Main St. in Hallam on Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 5-7 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 7:30-9:30 a.m.
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Photo: NextEra’s first Nebraska wind project was the 75-megawatt Steele Flats Wind Farm in Gage and Jefferson counties consisting of forty-four 1.7-megawatt turbines. The wind farm began commercial operation in 2013.
Source: NPPD Wind Generation