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Omaha-based Tenaska developing 2,000 MW of solar in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) Market

Capital Dynamics, an independent global private asset management firm, today announced that its Clean Energy Infrastructure (CEI) business has signed an agreement with respected energy developer Tenaska to develop a portfolio of greenfield solar projects in the Midwestern United States. The deal closed on November 26, 2018.

The transaction includes 14 solar projects with approximately 2,000 megawatts (MW) in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) market. The portfolio represents a large share of all solar projects currently in the MISO North interconnection queue, with projects in Michigan, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Minnesota. Read more here.


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To make an impact, focus on public policy on local level, mayor says

By Olivia Book, Special to the Norfolk Daily News. 

Included among Mayor Josh Moenning’s many endeavors, “He also is spending more time helping to develop Nebraska’s wind energy industry.”

Thank you from Nebraskans for Solar to Tim Dwight for last evening’s excellent presentation!

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Photo: Tim Dwight, a former NFL and University of Iowa player, is president of the Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association. Credit: Benjamin Roberts, Iowa City Press-Citizen

Nebraskans for Solar (NFS) wishes to thank last evening’s November public forum speaker, Tim Dwight, for sharing his experience and expertise as President of both the Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association and Integrated Power Corporation, a company that develops solar energy projects for businesses and agricultural producers, primarily in Iowa and California.

Many thanks, too, to everyone who attended the event at UNO’s Community Engagement Center and to NFS board members Michael Shonka and Jared Friesen for, respectively, introducing Dwight and leading the Q&A session that followed his talk.

Tim Dwight frequently travels around Iowa and occasionally to other locales, educating people about solar energy and demonstrating how cost effective the technology is today. We are grateful that he included Omaha on his itinerary, and we hope he will return for another visit and discussion sometime in the near future.

In last night’s presentation, Dwight said that when he started in the industry in 2008, a solar module cost $4.00 a watt. Nowadays, you can purchase one for as little as 70 cents per watt.

Dwight attributes the growth and success of solar in Iowa and all across the country, in part, to this steep reduction in costs. Another contributing factor he highlighted in last night’s presentation is the state’s energy production tax credit. As President of Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association, he, along with other solar advocates, lobbied for the incentive. In 2012 the state legislature passed SF2340, the Iowa solar tax credit, and in 2014 voted into law 476C, which added solar to a wind production tax credit (PTC). Iowa’s PTC is 1.5 cents per KWh.

Dwight also talked about the jobs being created by the solar industry in his state and the significant numbers of dollars locally-developed projects are contributing to communities. There are currently forty installers in Iowa’s solar industry, a more competitive field than in Nebraska, he noted.

An additional contributing factor to the growth and success of Iowa’s solar energy development, according to Dwight, is the increasing number of rural electric cooperatives’ solar installations across the state. As an example, he pointed to the small Farmers Electric Cooperative in the little town of Kalona, Iowa, which last month expanded an existing solar farm, taking it to 2 megawatts, currently the largest solar farm in Iowa.

Another of Dwight’s presentation slides demonstrated how some Iowa farmers are earning more each year from solar energy development on their land than they are receiving from their annual corn crops.

To learn more about Tim Dwight and his work, the Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association, as well as Nebraska’s and Iowa’s incentives for renewables, including Iowa’s production tax credit, check out the links, below.

Please join us again on December 14th when our speaker will be David Bracht, Nebraska Energy Office Director, whose topic will be “Renewable Energy Development in Nebraska:” UNO’s Community Engagement Center, Second Floor, 7 p.m.


Finding the right energy mix for Wisconsin increasingly involves solar

By Tom Still, Wisconsin Technology Council President. Published by Wisconsin State Journal  

Tom StillTapping into the sun to produce energy is still a small part of Wisconsin’s overall energy mix, but it’s the fastest-growing component. The Solar Energy Industries Association reports Wisconsin ranks 30th overall among the 50 states in installed solar capacity and that $12 million was spent on solar installations in 2015, up about 70 percent from 2014. “It was a breakout year for solar energy,” said Tyler Huebner, executive director of Renew Wisconsin, in a recent statement. “Over three times as many solar panels were installed in 2015 as the prior year, and the most ever in the state: 7.5 megawatts’ worth, enough to supply more than 900 Wisconsin homes’ annual electricity usage.”

Read more here.

Opinion: Solar energy shines on Iowa economy

By Tim Dwight, President of the Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association. Published in The Des Moines Register

Tim DwightA new study, “Clean Jobs Midwest,” from the Clean Energy Trust and Environmental Entrepreneurs found that 28,451 Iowans work in the state’s clean energy sector, including 626 working in the solar industry alone. While we have a way to go to catch up with our “big brother” wind industry, more than $85 million was invested in solar installations in Iowa between 2012 and 2015. As president of the Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association, I have the privilege of watching these investments grow the Iowa economy. Read more here.

Clean Jobs Nebraska: Nebraska has 16,422 clean energy jobs according to the Clean Jobs Midwest study.
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Berkshire Hathaway Banking on Midwest Solar?

By Chris O’Malley, RTO Insider 

Warren Buffett’s energy businesses have been buying and building wind generation facilities in the Midwest and Great Plains for years.

But the Oracle of Omaha now has his eyes on bringing solar power to the central U.S., according to a recent filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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