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New Nebraska Solar Schools Education Project Funded by a 2020 Facebook Community Action Grant

Solar Energy Kits for K-12 Sarpy County Schools

Nebraskans for Solar will launch a new Nebraska Solar Schools education project this summer, made possible by a 2020 Facebook Community Action Grant. This grant will support the Nebraska Solar Schools program by providing schools in Sarpy County with National Energy Education Development (NEED) Solar Energy Kits for enhanced STEM programming.

The kits will be available to the schools at no cost to teachers and principals requesting them. The launch of this new solar energy education project will be announced on Nebraskans for Solar’s website and Facebook page and in our newsletters.

All K-12 Sarpy County schools are encouraged to participate in this new solar energy education project, and upon its initiation date, to submit a request form for a NEED Solar Energy Kit.

About Facebook 2020 Community Action Grants
Papillion Data Center Facebook Announcement: We are excited to share the most recent recipients of Facebook’s Community Action Grants, a program created to address needs in Sarpy County by putting the power of technology to use for community benefit, connecting people online or off, and improving STEM education. Read about all the grants recipients here.

About Nebraska Solar Schools
Nebraska Solar Schools is a program of the nonprofit Nebraskans for Solar. The purpose of our Solar Energy Education & Development Program is to provide resources for K-12 teachers to facilitate integration of renewable energy education into their classrooms or after-school programs. Resources are also provided for those who want to install a photovoltaic (PV) system at their schools

Download a PDF about this new solar energy education project here.

Questions? Please contact Nebraska Solar Schools Facilitator Helen Deffenbacher: HelenDeffenbacher@NebraskaSolarSchools.Org

Facebook plans grants ‘north of six figures’ to boost Sarpy County STEM, community projects

By Reece Ristau, Omaha World-Herald

Now that Facebook has a data center up and running in Sarpy County, the social media giant is planning to lend a hand in the neighborhood. The company is accepting applications for the Facebook Community Action Grants program, which will provide funding to several projects focused on technology, connection and STEM education in the county. Successful applications will come from organizations that do one of the following: address critical community needs through the power of technology; connect people online or off; or improve local science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. Those wishing to apply can do so online. Read more here.

Sarpy County data centers have $522 million impact statewide, UNL report shows

By Reece Ristau, Omaha World-Herald

Business leaders in Nebraska take every available opportunity to refer to the state as the “Silicon Prairie,” a play on the term for Northern California’s cluster of big technology companies. The idea behind the term — to bring those companies, and by extension, high-paying jobs and more money, into the state — is playing out in Sarpy County, which recently landed its eighth data center with Google’s $600 million announcement. University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers recently set out to determine how big an impact the data center industry has on the local economy, and their findings revealed some whopping figures. Continue reading here.

OPPD, Papillion Rose To Top Of Google’s Search

OPPD News Release

Omaha Public Power District officially welcomes Google to its service territory. Today, the tech giant announced plans to build a $600 million data center in Papillion, Neb. “OPPD and its partners are experienced with large-scale, innovative and strategic solutions for major corporations,” said Tim Burke, OPPD President and Chief Executive Officer. “The pro-business climate here has made our service territory a choice destination.” Community partnerships have been crucial to efforts to attract new business and industry. Continue reading here.

The Wire 

Google unveils newest data center in Sarpy County corridor, by Jason Kuiper
Internet giant Google announced plans to build a new data center just outside of Papillion. Google made the announcement Friday at the project site, which is already under construction and located opposite of the Facebook data center near Nebraska Highway 50. Google valued their partnership with OPPD as one of the key reasons they chose to invest $600 million in the area.

“We’re thrilled to call Papillion and the Greater Omaha area one of our hometowns,” said Dan Harbeke, Google’s Regional Head of External Affairs. “At Google, our investment isn’t limited to our facilities: we are committed to being good neighbors and creating opportunities for the communities that we call home.”

What is Rate 261M?, OPPD Resource

Energy Efficiency
OPPD has launched a new energy efficiency section on their website.

Local artist paints Nebraska’s story into mural at Facebook’s data center in Papillion

By Reece Ristau, Omaha World-Herald

When employees of the Facebook data center in Papillion go to work each day, they’ll be greeted by a colorful 76-foot mural made by a Nebraskan, for Nebraskans. Created by Omaha native Justin Queal, the mural incorporates themes and images familiar to locals — like a monarch butterfly akin to the ones emblazoned on Papillion’s water towers and an overhead view of crop fields — all set against a backdrop heavy with rich, Husker red. Read more here.

Facebook photo of one section of the mural created by local artist Justin Queal.

Previously Posted News Stories & Editorial

Facebook to build data center in Sarpy County

Written by Matt Oberding, Lincoln Journal Star

The data center will be 100 percent powered by wind energy, which largely will be made possible by new wind farms being constructed in the state. Facebook also is partnering with the Omaha Public Power District to implement a new renewable energy tariff that will allow it and any other customer of the utility to acquire and pay for clean and renewable energy resources. Read more here.

Image courtesy of Facebook: A rendering of the company’s planned data center south of Papillion.

Facebook data center coming to Papillion, by Patti Jo Peterson, The Plattsmouth Journal
PAPILLION – Today, Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Facebook selected Papillion as the site of its newest data center. The Nebraska facility will be Facebook’s ninth data center overall and sixth in the United States, providing the infrastructure needed to help support the 1.86 billion people on Facebook monthly. Company officials expect the 970,000- square-foot Papillion campus to be online as early as 2020 . . . Facebook data centers typically support more than 1,000 local jobs during construction, as well as hundreds of long-term operational jobs.
Click here to read the entire article. 

Designing and implementing renewable energy tariffs – Facebook Green Blog Post
Today, there are 11 renewable energy tariffs available in nine states that help make renewables accessible, and we’re proud to have played a role in the creation of several of those tariffs. In Nebraska, we worked with Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) to create Rate 261-M. Over the course of several months, we collaborated with OPPD on the details of the rate design to ensure it enables corporations to cover 100 percent of their usage with renewable energy, while bringing broader economic benefits to OPPD.  The energy for our Papillion data center will come from new wind farms.

Both New Mexico and Nebraska are regulated markets, meaning customers cannot choose who generates their power and are bound to the utility in that area. As we began to plan our new data centers in these states, we worked with the local utility to develop a path to power our facilities with clean and renewable energy. We will continue to use this strategy moving forward. We openly share this strategy and our learning through coalitions like RE100 and Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA) to open the energy market. Read the complete post here.

OPPD News Release: OPPD’s Innovative Rate Attracts Big Business
After thorough review and analysis from OPPD representatives and independent rate consultant, The Brattle Group, the OPPD Board of Directors unanimously approved the final version of Rate 261M in January.

Qualification for Rate 261M
To qualify for this rate, a customer must be large enough to meet certain criteria, such as requiring a minimum of 20 megawatts (MW) of demand for 161-kilovolt (kV) service and 200 MW of demand for 345-kV service. A ramp-up period of 18 months would be allowed before that minimum usage requirement kicks in. A customer also needs to own or acquire its own substation. Read the entire release here.