By Ethan Hewett, KMA News
During its latest regular meeting, the county’s board of commissioners approved seeking outside counsel on a proposed solar farm through Boulevard Associates–which would be one of the largest in the state. While saying the board has not selected specific counsel yet, County Zoning Administrator Mike Jensen tells KMA News the outside perspective was sought to assist with reviewing a large amount of information soon to be placed in front of the county. In August 2021, the commissioners approved an updated set of solar regulations. While saying he and the board are confident in their regulations, Jensen says a big focus has been on the decommissioning process. Read more here.
NextEra Energy Resources is the parent company for Boulevard Associates, LLC.
Previously Posted: Cass County solar farm plans unveiled, by Ethan Hewett, KMA News
Nebraskans for Solar Note: We commend Cass County officials for their plan to thoroughly study Boulevard Associates’ proposal for a 350MW solar project near Murray and for consulting with other jurisdictions. This sets an excellent example for all Nebraska communities that are considering or are in the process of planning community- or utility-scale solar projects.
One large (81MW) project under development by Community Energy is “Platteview Solar” in eastern Saunders County, near Yutan:
Resources On Decommissioning / PV Recycling
- Renewable Energy Facility Decommissioning: Industry Recommendations, American Clean Power Association
- SEIA National PV Recycling Program, Solar Energy Industries Association
NextEra Energy Resources
- Environmental Stewardship
- NextEra Energy 2021 Environmental, Social and Governance Report (PDF)
We invest in low- and zero-emissions generation. We support environmental conservation and research. We engage with environmental and government agencies and local stakeholders. We follow our Environmental Policy that includes our strategies to prevent pollution, minimize waste and conserve natural resources and habitats where we operate. (Page 30).
- What happens at the end of a solar or energy storage project’s useful life?
- Recycling solar panels and batteries. (Click on “Environment” and scroll down).