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Community solar farm informational meeting discusses benefits for buyers and future

By Brandon Cortes, NTV

Hastings Utilities hosted an informational meeting at the public library on Thursday, August 8 for people who may want to purchase shares for a community solar farm. What was discussed at the meeting was prices, benefits and questions that attendees had. [Director of Marketing and Energy Supply, Derek Zeisler] said construction on the community solar farm is set to be completed by next month. Read more or watch the NTV video here.

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City of Hastings Website: Hastings Community Solar Farm

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Photo by Troy Schaben, Fremont Department of Utilities, showing Fremont’s first of two solar farms. Hasting’s solar array will be a similar size, about 1.5 MW, with a dual axis tracking system. Nebraska Program Director for GenPro Energy Solutions Jeff Berggren, who also developed Fremont’s solar farms, is managing the Hastings project.

Rates approved for solar panels in Hastings

By Valerie Juarez, NTV

Hastings, NEB. — As the city of Hastings is hoping to lower their amount of fossil fuels with clean, renewable energy Hastings Utilities provided an update at Monday’s city council meeting on their community solar project. Read more here.

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Hastings City Council moves forward with plans for community solar farm, NTV

Photo: Fremont’s first of two solar farms. Credit: Troy Schaben, Fremont Department of Utilities

American Solar Challenge hosted at Motorsport Park Hastings

By Connie Weight, NTV

The competition includes four days of inspection, three days of racing on the track, then off to Omaha to begin the road race to Oregon. The public is encouraged to watch the Formula Sun Grand Prix at Motorsports Park Hastings on July 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 11-12. The cars will be on display in Grand Island at the Stuhr Museum on July 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information including schedules, teams and event tracking can be found at americansolarchallenge.org.
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Solar racers preparing for cross-country trip
By Julie Blum, The Grand Island Independent

HASTINGS — The vehicles parked at Motorsport Park Hastings aren’t your typical race cars. Some look more like small flying saucers on wheels with their sleek, aerodynamic designs. Actually, they are solar-powered cars that are featured in the 2018 American Solar Challenge. Collegiate teams from around the globe brought their vehicles to Hastings Friday in hopes that their creations will be good enough to take part in the cross-country race. Before teams can take off for a 1,700-mile journey that will start in Omaha and finish in Bend, Ore., the vehicles have to go through a process called scrutineering where each car is evaluated for safety and other functions.


Hosting both the scrutineering and Formula Sun Grand Prix portions of the event will be Motorsport Park Hastings in Hastings, Nebraska. The 2018 Formula Sun Grand Prix will be the first at the 2.15 mile track.

Following the track race, teams will move to the starting point of the American Solar Challenge in Omaha, Nebraska at Lewis & Clark Landing. This is where the display day and multi-occupant judging will take place.

Display: July 13, 3:00-7:00pm
Start Line: July 14 at 8:00am

Nebraskans for Solar will be among organizations hosting booths at the American Solar Challenge Display Day at Lewis & Clark Landing on July 13. Please join us for a solar activity for all ages as you visit representatives from local nonprofits.

For the road portion of the event, teams can expect a journey covering more than 1,700 miles. The route will cover portions of the Oregon Trail from Nebraska to Oregon. Stops include Grand Island on July 14 and Gering on July 15 – 16.

For additional details, see our calendar or visit: americansolarchallenge.org.

Update: Grand Island Announces First Renewable Energy Purchase

By Megan Johnson, Reporter for NTV

Photo: NTV

Photo: NTV

Buying in to wind energy now might not make much difference for Grand Island Utilities customers in the near future, but officials say it could pay off down the road.

Twenty turbines will make up Prairie Breeze Phase III when it’s finished in 2016, turning in the wind and creating power for Grand Island.

“We were asked to participate in a wind energy project up at Elgin, Nebraska; it’s actually the third phase of the project up there,” explains GI Utilities Director Tim Luchsinger.

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Gering to update wind, solar codes: Interest in alternative energy on the rise, KOTA TV