By Nick Gebhart, Norfolk Daily News
Norfolk mayor Josh Moenning recently stepped away from his
executive director’s position with the 4 Lanes 4 Nebraska coalition to head up a group he helped found last year. Moenning now
serves as the director of New Power Nebraska, a company that
promotes the development of the wind energy industry in Nebraska.
In addition to his mayoral duties, Moenning continues to serve on the board of directors of 4 Lanes 4 Nebraska, which has worked to promote expressways throughout the state, including the completion of Highway 275 from east of Pilger to south of Scribner. But a main focus for him now is New Power Nebraska and its efforts to educate people about the benefits of wind energy, Moenning said. Continue reading here.
California solar panel mandate bears watching, McCook Gazette
The editorial raises several excellent questions, including:
What if my home is in a shaded location? What if solar panels don’t fit the architectural design — and I simply think they’re ugly? How are solar panels disposed of once they’re no longer used?
The following resources are offered to help address the above questions:
COMMUNITY SOLAR OPTION
California’s rooftop solar mandate provides for the option of
community solar for homeowners with shaded roofs or other issues.
See: California’s rooftop solar mandate will normalize clean energy, Fast Company. At the end of 2018, California gave final approval for new
building codes that will require every new home built in the state to
come equipped with rooftop solar, or source power from a community solar array–starting in 2020.
More and more of our cities and towns are creating community-scale programs and projects and evaluating them, potentially positioning them to be able to offer this option, as well, should our state develop a rooftop solar mandate. Nebraska towns and cities that have built
community-scale solar, or are in various stages of planning or developing a project, include:
Ainsworth, Central City, Chadron, Fremont, Gothenberg, Grand Island, Hastings, Hemingford, Kearney, Lexington, Lincoln, Loup City, Norfolk, Omaha / Fort Calhoun, O’Neill, Pawnee City, Schuyler, Scottsbluff, South Sioux City, and Venango.
Click on the following resource to read news stories and other information about this statewide development: Community-Scale Solar, Nebraskans for Solar
Nebraska’s Major Utilities’ Community Solar Programs
NPPD’s SunWise Program
NPPD customers can request community solar for their town or city by submitting the SunWise Community Interest Form here, potentially helping to grow community-scale solar in our state.
OPPD will soon be offering a community solar program to its customers. Read more here.
Everyone interested in learning more about it is invited to:
Nebraskans for Solar’s March Event: “OPPD’s Community Solar Program,”
March 13, 2019, 7 p.m. at UNO’s Community Engagement Center, Rooms 230/231.
Solar roofing offers an option that some homeowners may perceive as more aesthetic than rack-mounted systems.
See: World’s largest roofing company launches residential solar arm, PV Magazine. Standard Industries has announced the launch of GAF Energy, a subsidiary which will interface with local roofing contractors to sell its DecoTech Solar roof system.
News Release: Standard Industries Launches GAF Energy To Transform Rooftop Solar Industry
As community and rooftop solar grow in Nebraska, PV recycling will increasingly become an attractive business opportunity in our state. See: The PV Recycling Market – Scroll down to market reports and resources.
THE COSTS OF RENEWABLE ENERGY
NextEra: solar and wind plus batteries will be “massively disruptive” to conventional generation,
by Christian Roselund, PV Magazine. NextEra CEO Jim Robo’s exact math is that even after the
federal tax credits expire, wind will be 2 – 2.5 cents per kilowatt-hour, large-scale solar will be
2.5 – 3 cents, and storage will add .5 – 1 cent. This would put these resources slightly below the
current cost of natural gas-fired generation, without the uncertainty around fuel prices that is
inherent to gas.
ALSO OF POTENTIAL INTEREST
- According to a sun index developed for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) using data provided by NREL’s Renewable Resource Data Center, Nebraska is ranked thirteenth in the nation with the greatest energy potential from solar power. Source: Nebraska Energy Office
- Widely-recognized benefits of rooftop solar. Scroll down to read the excerpted list.