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Old landfill eyed as solar farm

Creighton University students, from left, Jon Lundin, Anton Yanchilin, Parker Revier and Sam Rosol are conducting energy audits, including running tests for solar panels, at local schools as part of their capstone project. Photo: Sarah Hoffman / The World-Herald

Creighton University students, from left, Jon Lundin, Anton Yanchilin, Parker Revier and Sam Rosol are conducting energy audits, including running tests for solar panels, at local schools as part of their capstone project. Photo: Sarah Hoffman / The World-Herald

By Eugene Curtin, Associate Editor, Bellevue Leader / Posted on Omaha.Com

Creighton University wants to assess the possibility of building a solar energy farm on the old Sarpy County Landfill along Cedar Island Road . . . Larry Hopp, director of Creighton’s Energy Technology Program, and Andrew Baruth, Creighton professor of physics, won the Sarpy County Board’s support Dec. 15 for an effort to study the costs and obstacles associated with building a solar farm on the site. The study would be performed by students enrolled in Creighton’s Energy Technology Program and would represent the culminating task of their course of study.

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ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
For capstone class, Creighton students analyze energy efficiency of Omaha Archdiocese schools, by Alia Conley, World-Herald staff writer

Powerful Outreach: Creighton’s energy technology students get real-world experience while helping nonprofits with alternative energy solutions, by Eugene Curtin, Creighton Magazine

Siena-Francis Solar Photovoltaic Installation: A Collaboration of the Omaha Public Power District, Nebraskans for Solar and Creighton University’s Energy Technology Program, by Anton G. Yanchilin / Edited by Dr. Andrew G. Baruth

This week new state laws go into effect, including a minimum wage increase and a renewable energy tax

Associated Press / Posted on Omaha.Com 

Photo Illustrating Scottsbluff, Nebraska Community Solar Project

Photo Illustrating Scottsbluff, Nebraska Community Solar Project

Excerpt: Renewable Energy Tax

Facilities that produce solar, biomass and landfill gas energy will face one less obstacle that could hinder the industry’s growth in Nebraska. A new state law will require facilities to pay a nameplate capacity tax, similar to one already imposed on wind energy, instead of a personal property tax. The nameplate capacity tax is on an energy facility’s potential output. County governments and project developers both generally prefer it over the personal property tax because it provides a consistent revenue stream for counties and lowers upfront costs for a facility’s owners. Read more here.