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OPPD Launches Community Solar Program

By subscribing to one or more shares, OPPD customers will get to share, among the other
participants, in the opportunity to help produce clean energy today in support of a cleaner
energy future! Read about other benefits and watch a brief video featuring Green Bellevue
President Don Preister presenting his views on this new program here.

OPPD Community Solar: Frequently Asked Questions

ALSO OF POTENTIAL INTEREST

Customers can now enroll in community solar

By Laura King-Homan, The Wire, OPPD Blog

OPPD customers can now buy a piece of solar energy. Beginning April 1, customers can enroll in the utility’s community solar program on oppd.com. The program allows participants to use clean, locally generated energy without the expense of installation and maintenance costs of solar panels on their roof. Customers who currently rent their homes are also eligible. In June, 2018, OPPD awarded a 20-year power purchase agreement to a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC. The agreement is to build a 5-megawatt solar facility in Fort Calhoun, Neb. Learn more here.

Image Credit: George Parker

OPPD Community Solar Program

OPPD’s Community Solar Program will be the topic of Nebraskans for Solar’s March
presentation tomorrow evening at UNO’s Community Engagement Center, OPPD Dialogue Rooms 230/231, 7 to 8:30 pm.

Co-Sponsored by Green Bellevue, Nebraska Sierra Club, OTOC’s Environmental
Sustainability Action Team, and The Nebraska Conservation Education Fund.

OPPD spokespersons will be Tricia McKnight, OPPD Product Specialist, and Heather Siebken,
Director of Product Development & Marketing. They will present an overview of OPPD’s
community solar program and how customer-owners will be able to participate. A Q&A will
follow their presentation.

Some Background Information:

At the OPPD Board of Director’s June 7, 2018 meeting, the board received an update on the project, including size and location. OPPD awarded a 20-year power purchase agreement to a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, to build a 5-megawatt solar facility in Fort Calhoun. The OPPD
facility will be built east of Fort Calhoun in Washington County, covering approximately 35 acres. Per
contract terms, the facility will go into operation by June 30, 2019.
Source: Here comes the sun, The Wire

Reserved parking is available in the lot near the Community Engagement Center. An attendant will be in the lot kiosk until 7 pm. Refreshments provided. Please join us and bring a friend!

Photo: Lincoln Electric System’s 5-megawatt community solar facility located on a portion of a 46-acre site near Northwest 75th and Holdrege Streets.

Previously Posted News Stories & Editorial

OPPD celebrates role in national award, The Wire, OPPD Blog
Community? Rooftop? What solar is right for you?, The Wire, OPPD Blog
Fort Calhoun area will be home to OPPD’s first community solar array,
Omaha World-Herald
Editorial: OPPD’s solar-shares program may stir customer interest,
Omaha World-Herald


NEXT ERA IN THE NEWS

 

NextEra will build OPPD’s 5-MW community solar project and is currently developing the 160-MW Sholes Wind Energy Center in Wayne and Stanton Counties, which is planned to be operational in July 2019.

 

NEBRASKA’S COMMUNITY-SCALE SOLAR

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 access news stories and other information about this statewide development: Community-Scale Solar, Nebraskans for Solar

Links to Information About NPPD & LES 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.

 

 

LES Community Solar Facility
LES Community Solar Brochure

Next money ‘crop’ for Illinois farmers? Solar panels.

By Genevieve Bookwalter – The Washington Post,
Republished by Northwest Herald

ORION, Ill. – Randy DeBaillie pointed to the power meter on his snow-covered farm: Even on a foggy, monochromatic day, with the sun barely piercing the clouds, the flat black panels planted nearby in two long rows were generating electricity.

“There’s enough energy produced to run the whole complex,” said DeBaillie, 50, who farms 6,500 acres with his brother and cousin. They typically grow corn and soybeans each spring, but this year they want to put more solar panels on 15 acres – and sell the energy. The earnings, he said, would be about three times what an average harvest would yield there. Read more here.

Flickr Photo by Juwi Renewable Energies Limited: Poppy and solar farm.

 

Future Energy Jobs Act Website

 

Previously Posted Resources
NREL Webinar: Co-Location of Solar and Agriculture, Fresh Energy
Iowa State University Research Finds Wind Farms Positively Impact Crops, Iowa State University
Extension and Outreach

IN NEBRASKA

Previously Posted: NextEra, Nebraska farmers aim to build largest solar farm in the Midwest, Energy News Network. The 423-megawatt project would be among the largest in the country, but it hinges on an interconnection deal. Photo Credit: Rob Davis

Spring Deadline for USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grant Applications

NEW INCENTIVE PROGRAM FOR LOW-INCOME HOMEOWNERS

New utility incentive can help low-income customers go solar, Austin Daily Herald

Upfront expenses have made it hard for low-income
homeowners to afford solar power systems that
generate both clean energy and long-term electricity cost savings. But that barrier is now being lowered for low-income customers of Xcel Energy. Xcel’s new Solar Rewards Income-Qualified Customers Program is
offering about $1 million in incentives for low-income Minnesotans who install solar energy systems. 

NEWS, OPINION & POLL FROM OTHER STATES

South Carolina House Unanimously Passes SC Energy Freedom Act, Vote Solar

The South Carolina House of Representatives passed H3659, the SC Energy Freedom Act, by a vote of
110-0. The bipartisan Energy Freedom Act resolves overly restrictive net metering limits, giving more
South Carolina families and businesses the choice to save money with solar while protecting the state’s
growing solar workforce, which now employs nearly 3,000 South Carolinians.

MANUFACTURING NEWS

First Solar is sitting pretty, PV Magazine

This year, the company expects to ship around 5.5 GW of PV modules and even at that volume, CEO Mark Widmar estimates stock is “fully sold out” through the end of next year and First Solar’s current 12 GW of bookings includes shipments scheduled through 2023.

INTERVIEW

ISES president on the promise of a 100% renewable energy world, PV Magazine International


The oldest solar organization in the world, the International Solar
Energy Society, dates back to 1954. President David Renné tells pv magazine about India’s solar dreams, the next best thing in solar technology and what renewables hold for the world’s future.

NextEra, Nebraska farmers aim to build largest solar farm in the Midwest

Written by Karen Uhlenhuth, Midwest Energy News

NextEra Energy Resources is seeking an interconnection agreement for a massive solar project in northeastern Nebraska that, if built, would be the largest in the Midwest and among the largest in the country. The 423 megawatt project is in the early stages of development and still hinges on how much it will cost to connect to the regional transmission grid. “We’re in a holding pattern until we get clarification from the Southwest Power Pool,” said Phil Clement, NextEra’s project director in Nebraska. “We need to know if it’s viable.” Sean Gallagher, vice president for state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association, said the project could be a sign of things to come in the region, which is increasingly attractive for large solar projects.
Continue reading here.

Photo by Rob Davis, Fresh Energy

Previously Posted

One up, many more to come

By Laura King-Homan, The Wire, OPPD Blog

Wind turbines will soon dot the fields northwest of Wayne, Neb. The turbines, totaling 71 in all, will make up the Sholes Wind Energy Center. The facility will generate 160 MW of renewable electricity for OPPD customers beginning in 2019. OPPD has entered a 20-year partnership with NextEra Energy Resources, who will own and manage the site. On Nov. 1, representatives from the utility got a peek at the progress made since the groundbreaking ceremony in July. Read more here.

NextEra Photo of Butler Ridge Wind Energy Center wind turbines on a farm in Dodge County, Wisconsin.

Advocates seek bigger role from large companies on grid planning

Written by Karen Uhlenhuth, Energy News Network

The Wind Solar Alliance, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit that advocates for renewable energy, says while American companies and other large customers have expressed a wish for lots of renewable power, and while lots of wind projects are planned to fulfill those wishes, there is a shortage of power lines to get the electricity where it needs to be. A solution, according to Kevin O’Rourke, the director of public affairs for the Alliance, is for corporate customers to lobby their regional transmission organizations (RTOs) to plan transmission lines that will allow corporate customers to move towards renewable generation. Read more here.

Wind Solar Alliance
Campaigns
A Renewable America Grid Campaign
A Renewable America Jobs Tour
Electric Nation Powered By Wind

MORE NATIONAL NEWS

NEWS FROM OTHER STATES

NEW U.S. AIR FORCE SOLAR PROJECTS

Wind farm proposed for Gage, Lancaster counties

By Scott Koperski, Beatrice Daily Sun News Editor

Plans for a wind farm in northern Gage and southern Lancaster counties that failed to materialize may be resurrected by a different company . . . NextEra anticipates the $141 million project would create around 200 jobs during construction and generate more than $25 million in property taxes over a 30-year period. The company is planning two informational events to discuss the project with the public. The events will both be at the Hallam Auditorium at 15 Main St. in Hallam on Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 5-7 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Read more here.

Photo: NextEra’s first Nebraska wind project was the 75-megawatt Steele Flats Wind Farm in Gage and Jefferson counties consisting of forty-four 1.7-megawatt turbines. The wind farm began commercial operation in 2013.

Source: NPPD Wind Generation

NextEra Energy Partners, LP announces agreement to acquire approximately 1,388 megawatts of contracted renewables projects and enters into a $750 million convertible equity portfolio financing

NextEra News Release

JUNO BEACH, Fla., Sept. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — NextEra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE : NEP ) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC to acquire a geographically diverse portfolio of 11 wind and solar projects, collectively consisting of approximately 1,388 megawatts (MW) . . . The assets include the Cottonwood Wind Energy Center, a 90-MW wind generation plant in Webster County, Nebraska. Read the entire release here.

Pixabay Photo

Additional Recommended Reading

  • NextEra’s Sholes Wind Energy Center project in northern Wayne County near the village of Sholes, 160 megawatts, will be completed in 2018. Omaha World-Herald news story:
    OPPD partner’s wind power project will continue utility’s renewable energy growth
    Once opened, it would boost OPPD’s amount of wind-generated electricity to 971 megawatts, OPPD says. That’s enough to power about 125,000 homes.
    The NextEra project is OPPD’s third-largest contract for wind power, behind the 400 megawatts the utility buys from Grande Prairie wind farm in Holt County and the 200 megawatts from the Prairie Breeze project in Antelope County. OPPD is also working with NextEra on building its first community solar power array, a 5-megawatt facility being built near Fort Calhoun.
  • NPPD Wind Generation: NextEra’s first Nebraska wind project was the Steele Flats Wind Farm near the Kansas Border in Jefferson and Gage Counties, 75 megawatts, which began commercial operation in 2013.
  • Utility Dive: NextEra’s renewables backlog grows to 7.4 GW as customers anticipate lower costs
    The influx of new signed contracts show confidence in lower prices of renewables products. ​NextEra, whose batteries have added $0.015/kWh to the cost of wind and solar projects built in the last six to 12 months, anticipates storage costs to fall to $0.005/kWh for projects paired with renewable energy in 2025.
  • PV Magazine USA: 

NextEra expects storage to add half a cent to solar in mid-2020’s

OPPD partner’s wind power project will continue utility’s renewable energy growth

By Aaron Sanderford, Omaha World-Herald

NextEra Energy Resources breaks ground Friday on the Sholes Wind Energy Center north of Norfolk and just west of Wayne. The company signed a 20-year contract to sell OPPD all 160 megawatts of electricity it produces annually. Once opened, it would boost OPPD’s amount of wind-generated electricity to 971 megawatts, OPPD says. That’s enough to power about 125,000 homes. Read more here. 

Generating an equivalent amount of clean, renewable energy sufficient to power 125,000 homes is a significant development for our state. According to the latest 2017 U.S. Census, there are 837,568 housing units in Nebraska. – U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Nebraska 

Photo by NextEra Energy Resources of a Wisconsin Wind Farm completed by the company in 2012.

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