Tag Archives: Pierce County

Public hearing set for Monday on 3,200-acre solar farm

By Timothy Rohwer, Fremont Tribune

[A] facility that could be one of the largest in the state has been proposed near Murray. A public hearing on the matter is set for this Monday at 7 p.m. at the Expo Building at the Cass County Fairgrounds. The hearing will consider a conditional use permit for the solar farm request. Boulevard Associates, LLC, is the firm seeking these permits, according to the Cass County Zoning Office. Read more here.

NFS Note: NextEra Energy Resources is the parent company for Boulevard Associates, LLC.


Photo example of pole-mounted solar:

Crops or pollinator-friendly plants can be grown underneath the array, or farm animals can graze and seek shade and shelter there. Pole mounts can also easily incorporate a single-axis or dual-axis sun tracking system, enabling the panels to produce more energy.  

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Farmer’s Guide to Going Solar
This is a Department of Energy resource that answers questions farmers, ranchers, and other community members often ask not only about an individual solar project but also a utility-scale development proposed for their area.

Conditional Use Permit Approved For Pierce County Solar Farm

By Alex Loroff, News Channel Nebraska

The Pierce County Board of Commissioners is giving the green light to the construction of a large-scale solar farm in the near future. The board approved a conditional use permit on Monday for Boulevard Associates to construct the Goldenrod Solar Farm in Pierce County on the property of Aaron and Ryan Zimmerman. The approval of the permit was a major step in the process of creating the farm, but representatives of NextEra Energy don’t expect the solar farm to be up-and-running until 2021 at the earliest. Read more here.

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Two Pierce County Farmers Are Going Solar

Nebraska Public Power District’s R-Project
NPPD’s R-Project is a 345,000-volt transmission line from NPPD’s Gerald Gentleman Station near Sutherland to NPPD’s existing substation east of Thedford. The new line will then proceed east and connect to a second substation to be sited in Holt County. The R-Project will increase the reliability of the transmission system, relieve congestion on the existing system, and provide additional opportunities for development of renewable projects if desired at the local level.

Southwest Power Pool’s Role
NPPD is a member of the Southwest Power Pool, a regional transmission organization. The SPP conducted a study, also known as the Integrated Transmission Plan, to assess the needs of the entire transmission network with the SPP region over the next 10 years. The R-Project is one of numerous projects to come out of that study.

Follow R-Project’s Progress Here.

Madison County establishes regulations for solar farms

Written by Jerry Guenther, Norfolk Daily News

On Tuesday, the county board conducted a public hearing and approved a set of solar regulations that were first considered and approved by the Madison County Joint Planning Commission in recent months . . . Heather McWhorter, the planning and zoning administrator for Madison and Pierce counties, provided the county board with an update on how Madison County researched its regulations. Read more here.

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NextEra, Nebraska farmers aim to build largest solar farm in the Midwest, by Karen Uhlenhuth, Midwest Energy News

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.
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Madison County puts out regulations for solar panels

By Jerry Guenther, Norfolk Daily News

Last Thursday, the Madison County Joint Planning Commission listened to Ryan Zimmerman, the Pierce County Planning Commission chairman, discuss what he has learned about harnessing the sun’s energy. Pierce County approved its own solar regulations last year. Zimmerman has leased much of his land for use as a solar farm and has researched the topic extensively for a couple of years. Zimmerman said he and his brother, who farm in southwest Pierce County, have entered into a contract with NextEra Energy with plans to use their land to develop a 423-megawatt (MW) solar farm . . . Following the discussion, the commissioners approved a basic set of solar regulations for Madison County that are similar to those in Pierce County. Read more here.

Photo: Kearney Solar Farm. Credit: SoCore Energy