RURAL RANDOLPH — Standing tall here among the crops and pastures of western Wayne County may be the future of energy production in Nebraska. The farmlands here near Randolph are the site of the Sholes Wind Energy Center, a 76-square-mile wind farm with 71 turbines that will generate 160 megawatts when the facility comes online later this year. Elected officials, including Lt. Gov. Mike Foley and Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning, joined media and various environmental and agricultural organizations and businesses for a firsthand look at the wind farm Thursday afternoon. Continue reading here.
Wind turbines will soon dot the fields northwest of Wayne, Neb. The turbines, totaling 71 in all, will make up the Sholes Wind Energy Center. The facility will generate 160 MW of renewable electricity for OPPD customers beginning in 2019. OPPD has entered a 20-year partnership with NextEra Energy Resources, who will own and manage the site. On Nov. 1, representatives from the utility got a peek at the progress made since the groundbreaking ceremony in July. Read more here.
NextEra Photo of Butler Ridge Wind Energy Center wind turbines on a farm in Dodge County, Wisconsin.
The economic impact the Webster County wind farm has made so far has been a breath of fresh air for area businesses.
From the 100,000 cubic yards of yellow stone gravel collected from the laydown yard utilized and repurposed on nine road projects to the $100,000 to $300,000 per year in revenue generated by electricity produced by the 40 turbine, 89-megawatt wind farm annually, the project has so far lived up to expectations of Webster County board members, who continue to monitor its impact on the county and surrounding communities as a whole. Click here to read more.
Photo: Some of the Cottonwood Wind Energy Center’s 40 wind turbines that dot the landscape in Webster County are photographed southeast of Blue Hill. Credit: Laura Beahm
Omaha utility approves wind farm in Wayne County By Kent Warneke, Norfolk Daily News OPPD has contracted with NextEra Energy Resources to build a 160-megawatt wind farm, called the Sholes Wind Energy Center, in northern Wayne County near the village of Sholes, which is south of Randolph. The project is scheduled to begin in March 2019 and to become operational by December. OPPD will purchase all the wind farm’s electricity over a 20-year contract, its first with NextEra.
The 75-megawatt Steele Flats Wind Energy Center near the Kansas border in Jefferson and Gage Counties was NextEra’s first Nebraska project. NPPD entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement with NextEra in early 2013, and the facility began commercial operation on November 1, 2013. Source: Nebraska Public Power District