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South Sioux City enters wind energy agreement

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.

Read more here.

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.


Building Energy inaugurates its first wind farm in Iowa

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.


City council explores possibility of solar power, joining Nebraska Community Energy Alliance

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



Solar Energy Market Expected to Reach $422 Billion, Globally, by 2022 – Allied Market Research,
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Tiny Iowa town considering building 1.42-megawatt solar project on former baseball field

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.



21 MW of Solar PV for Emerging Market Community Mini-grids Announced Since AprilRenewable Energy World