By Ian Richardson, Sioux City Journal
The $130 million 40-turbine project, which is estimated to produce 90 megawatts total, will have the capacity to serve roughly 27,000 households with electricity, according to NextEra spokesman Bryan Garner. Construction began in May and is expected to conclude by year’s end . . . Along with South Sioux City, some beneficiaries of the project include the Northeast Nebraska Public Power District and the cities of Fremont and Wayne.
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Photo credit: Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal file: A truck carrying a wind turbine blade crosses the Veterans Memorial Bridge into Dakota Avenue in South Sioux City on August 25, 2015.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- Two Midwest Utilities achieve high ranking on efficiency scorecard, Midwest Energy News. Despite relatively low electricity prices in the Midwest, utilities based in Minnesota and Illinois are among the most energy efficient in the country, according to a recent report by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.
- Meet the young conservative behind Missouri’s fast-growing solar company, St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Last year, Sun Solar ranked at No. 156 nationally on Inc. magazine’s annual list of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. It was named the country’s ninth-fastest growing energy company, and the second-fastest growing company in Missouri overall.
- Small utilities score huge victory in California aggregate net metering case, PV Magazine. Under a new ruling by the California Public Utilities Commission, small utilities can now allow customers to unify multiple meters under one bill for net-metering purposes because it will have no effect on non-solar customers.
- U.S. Renewable Energy Groups Share a Vision of the 21st Century Power Grid, Solar Energy Industries Association Blog. In “A Shared Vision of the 21st Century Grid,” the groups highlight mutual support for market structures that appropriately value new and existing technologies, tax policy continuity and parity for all renewable technologies, and the expansion and modernization of the electrical grid to support the proper operation and integration of clean power sources.
- How hybrid energy storage aids corporate sustainability, GreenBiz
By Michelle Froese, Windpower Engineering
Through its subsidiary Building Energy Wind Iowa, multi-national renewables IPP, Building Energy, inaugurated its first wind farm in Iowa, which adds up to 30 MW of wind-distribution generation capacity. The project, located north of Des Moines, in Story, Boone, Hardin and Poweshiek counties, will generate approximately 110 GWh per year. Continue reading.
Building Energy Press Release
Photo: Building Energy’s new Iowa wind farm will avoid 70,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually.
ALSO IN THE NEWS
- More big companies opting for green energy, Star Tribune
- Power Forward 3.0 Report: How the largest U.S. companies are capturing business value while addressing climate change, Ceres
- More than dust in the wind: Kansas a first quarter leader, Into the Wind, American Wind Energy Association Blog. Nearly 500 MW of new in-state capacity came online, and the state will soon top 5,000 MW.
- Five Things You Should Know About Wind, U.S. Department of Energy
- Solar projects have advantages over other development, Ithaca Journal Opinion
- Minnesota sees an 80 percent jump in solar energy capacity this year, Star Tribune. The state has 447 megawatts online.
- Indiana Power Agency Cuts Ribbon on 5 MW Solar Park, Solar Industry Magazine
- Clarke Solar Farm unveiled, Osceola Sentinel Tribune
- New Solar PV Additions To Exceed 1,000 Gigawatts Between 2017 & 2026, Predicts Navigant, CleanTechnica
- The Electric-Car Boom Is So Real Even Oil Companies Say It’s Coming, Bloomberg News
By Austin Koeller, Grand Island Independent
The City of Grand Island and the Utilities Department may begin using solar panel in the near future. Utilities Director Tim Luchsinger gave a presentation to the city council as part of a study session Tuesday night, Luchsinger told the council that in the late 1990s, the Utilities Department began exploring wind power and became a minority partner in various wind projects. He added solar power may be the future and the Utilities Department would like to explore its possibility as a renewable energy resource. The Utilities Department plans to potentially do a small, pilot solar project at a site near JBS at the corner of Swift Road and Museum Drive. It would be a one-megawatt project that would provide power to 180 homes on an annual basis. Continue reading.
Nebraska Community Energy Alliance
Photo of Downtown Grand Island by Joe Wicks
MORE NEBRASKA / MIDWEST NEWS
Solar Energy Market Expected to Reach $422 Billion, Globally, by 2022 – Allied Market Research,
Ty Rushing, Sioux City Journal
The proposed project would save Marathon residents $2 million over 20 years in electric costs and produce 2 million kilowatt hours per year, according to research from Trusted Energy, the Spencer, Iowa-based renewable energy company that has been working with the town since October to develop the project. Read more here.
Photo: Trusted Energy of Spencer, Iowa, has built several solar projects in Northwest Iowa, including this one shown above near Merrill. The renewable energy company is currently working with the city of Marathon, Iowa, to install a 1,400-panel solar farm in the Buena Vista County town of about 237 residents.
MORE MIDWEST NEWS
- Community-Scale Solar Costs: 3 Reasons to Take Heart, Rocky Mountain Institute’s Blog, RMI Outlet
- Clean Energy Trends 2017: Emboldened Corporate RE Commitments, Subnational Leadership, and Clean Energy Jobs, The Huffington Post
- 2017 Renewable Energy Handbook Wind: The technical resource for wind profitability, Windpower Engineering Development. As of the third quarter, more than 18,200 megawatts (MW) of wind capacity were under construction or in final development stages across 23 states.
- Third time’s the charm? Inside Hawaiian Electric’s new, new plan to get to 100% renewables, Utility Dive
21 MW of Solar PV for Emerging Market Community Mini-grids Announced Since April, Renewable Energy World