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Kearney solar array nearly complete, residents can now sign up for renewable energy

By Ifesinachi Egbosimba, Nebraska TV

Kearney’s community solar project: 22,000 panels on 53 acres.

The Kearney solar array is the latest addition to the city’s Tech oNE Crossing, and the city manager is hoping the array will attract even more businesses to the area.

The solar array is set to be complete by February. To buy a share in the array, you must be a Nebraska Public Power District customer. Click here to request a solar share.

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Protesters plan to put solar panels in the oil pipeline’s path

Nebraska Radio Network Contributor, William Padmore, KLIN,  Lincoln

With the Nebraska Public Service Commission’s weeklong Keystone XL public hearing in Lincoln starting next Monday, BOLD Nebraska is launching a new plan to fight against the planned pipeline. BOLD founder Jane Kleeb says the group plans to place solar panels directly in the way of the pipeline’s proposed route. Continue reading here.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING / VIEWING
Keystone opponents build solar panel on pipeline’s route, Nebraska TV
Jane Kleeb, founder of Bold Nebraska, said they’ve raised over $40,000 online for their Solar XL Project and said they’re turning their words into action. “We’re not just out in the streets protesting with signs, but we’re actually building the type of energy we want to see,” Kleeb said. Polk County farmer, Jim Carlson, is the first to install a solar panel and said he turned down $250,000 from the Trans-Canada Corporation.

NBC Nebraska Newscast: Local farmer builds solar panel array on land to fight Keystone XL pipeline

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION HEARINGS
August 7th through the 11th at 9 a.m. at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel, 333 South 13th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska. Click this link for more information: http://www.psc.nebraska.gov/natgas/Keystone_Pipeline.html

August 4th Omaha World-Herald Article Regarding Testimony:
Judge: XL foes can’t testify about safety, necessity

Public Comment Form: http://www.psc.nebraska.gov/admin/admin_forms/pipeline.html

Community solar exploding in Minnesota

Minnesota Community Solar

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.

National Community Solar Partnership

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

Software company to bring more jobs to Kearney area when it becomes first firm to locate at new tech park

World-Herald News Service

Photo: Nebraska TV

Photo: Nebraska TV

Excerpt
KEARNEY, Neb. — A local software company will bring more technology jobs to the area when it becomes the first to locate to Tech oNE Crossing tech park in northeast Kearney. Xpanxion, a global software development company founded by Loup City native Paul Eurek, will be moving both of its Kearney offices to the tech park at 56th Street and Antelope Avenue . . . Though Xpanxion will be the first company at Tech oNE Crossing, it could soon have neighbors. In April, the City Council approved an option agreement between the city and Infigen Energy for a proposed solar power facility on 53 acres at the south end of Tech oNE Crossing. The international renewable energy company is evaluating Kearney as a possible site for a $20 million solar energy production facility.

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ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING/VIEWING
Xpanxion Set for Expansion, by Jon Jankowski, Nebraska TV
Xpanxion will become first tenant at Tech oNE Crossing, by Ashley White, Kearney Hub