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Let solar energy shine in Iowa

Contributed by Libby Jacobs, The Gazette

As a longtime Iowan, former Iowa Utilities Board member, and former state legislator, the success and prosperity of our state make me proud. Iowa has seen incredible growth and development across industries. This achievement proves to the world what we Iowans have known for decades — we are a state that is ready to shine.

Today, Iowa’s energy sector is made up of 12,334 MW of operating wind and solar energy, powering the equivalent of 3.9 million Iowa homes. While a good portion of that capacity belongs to wind, solar is starting to close the gap. Continue reading here.

Ørsted completes onshore wind farm Haystack Wind in Nebraska

Ørsted News Release

Located in Wayne County, Nebraska, Haystack Wind utilizes existing interconnection infrastructure in Southwest Power Pool (SPP) North from Ørsted’s 230 MW onshore wind farm Plum Creek Wind, located nearby. Between the two projects, Ørsted has now invested over half a billion dollars in the state of Nebraska. 

Haystack Wind becomes Ørsted’s second operating project in Nebraska and its third operating project in the SPP market. The wind farm has a capacity of 298 MW and is contracted by power purchase agreements with Hormel Foods, Target, and PepsiCo. 

“I’m proud that the team has been able to issue commercial operation to all three Haystack offtakers on time despite industry-wide supply chain delays,” says Neil O’Donovan, CEO of Ørsted Onshore. “The SPP market is important to our Onshore business, and now we have a total capacity of 631 MW in operation across Willow Creek, Plum Creek, and Haystack. That’s enough to power almost 200,000 homes.” 

Ørsted’s onshore renewable platform has an ambition of reaching 17.5 GW globally in 2030 and currently has 3.4 GW installed capacity and 1.3 GW under construction in the US, Ireland, and the UK. 

About Ørsted 

The Ørsted vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. Ørsted develops, constructs, and operates offshore and onshore wind farms, solar farms, energy storage facilities, renewable hydrogen and green fuels facilities, and bioenergy plants. Moreover, Ørsted provides energy products to its customers. Ørsted is the only energy company in the world with a science-based net-zero emissions target as validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). 

Ørsted ranks as the world’s most sustainable energy company in Corporate Knights’ 2022 index of the Global 100 most sustainable corporations in the world and is recognized on the CDP Climate Change A List as a global leader on climate action. Headquartered in Denmark, Ørsted employs 6,836 people.

K-Junction Solar Project, west and south of McCool, discussed before county board

By Melanie Wilkinson, York News-Times

The York County Commissioners’ meeting room filled in record time this week, as a large contingency of people from the McCool Junction/Lushton area arrived to hear information about the proposed and likely upcoming K-Junction Solar Project.

So many people arrived that the over-flow was directed to the old commissioners’ meeting room in the courthouse basement, where the crowd could watch and listen to the proceedings via Zoom. Continue reading here.

Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE) Resource
Solar Projects Under Development

More Nebraska News
‘Now is the time to do it’: City of Omaha aims for operational streetcar system by 2026, KMTV
The City of Omaha will be giving residents another public transportation option in east Omaha.

After over 13 years of research and planning, Mayor Jean Stothert announced Wednesday that the city plans to build a streetcar down Farnam Street, from 10th to 42nd Streets. 

Saunders County approves solar farm

By John Chapman, WOW TV

SAUNDERS COUNTY, Neb. – There will be a solar farm constructed in Saunders County. Despite earlier this month when the county’s planning commission voted 5-1 against a conditional use permit for the project. The county board of supervisors trumped the planning commission’s decisions. It was a 6-0 vote. Community Energy and OPPD made their case saying the project meets the county’s zoning and legal requirements. Officials say the solar farm is safe, good for the environment, and will create jobs and produce millions of dollars in tax revenue for the county. Continue reading or watch the video here.

Photo Credit: Community Energy 

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Featured FAQ: Doesn’t solar take good agricultural ground out of production?
Not in a meaningful way. Saunders County is 486,400 acres of ground. The proposed project would impact approximately 500 acres. Farm ground used for solar projects does not necessarily mean the end of agricultural use on the land. It will be different than traditional crops, but a robust pollinator program can benefit not only the project properties, but cropland, orchards, residential gardens, trees and other landscaping within 30 miles of the project site. Additionally, the traditional agricultural nature of the property is not permanently lost. The benefits of restorative vegetation on nitrogen and CO2 depleted land improves agricultural land for the future. Solar projects are a long term, but temporary, use of agricultural land that allows landowners to diversify their assets, creating financial stability and allowing agricultural land to remain in families for future generations.

ADDITIONAL OPPD NEWS

Battery storage pilot charging forward, by Jodi Baker, The Wire
OPPD is powering ahead with an energy storage project that will help inform the utility as it brings more renewables online. The Battery Research Innovation Guided by High-Potential Technologies (BRIGHT) project, located in Cass County, will provide innovative research that will benefit not only OPPD, but all Nebraska utilities. Researching utility-scale battery storage also supports OPPD’s Pathways to Decarbonization strategic initiative.

Customers can learn more about the project and share ideas on thOPPD BRIGHT pilot page on OPPDCommunityConnect.com, OPPD’s community engagement platform.

Cornhusker Harvest wind project advances

Seward County Independent

The Cornhusker Harvest wind farm project, owned by Apex Clean Energy out of Charlottesville, Virginia, is making advances to complete land lease agreements with residents of Saline County by year’s end. “Over 80% of agreements have been signed and that’s a very good milestone to be hitting,” Max Jabrixio, public engagement manager for Apex said. The project is to be located near the Tobias/Milligan area. According to project developer Dylan Ikkala, 25,000 of an estimated 32,000 acres of land have been aquired. Apex has been working on the land leasing portion of the project since 2016. Continue reading here.

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WINDExchange: Wind Energy in Nebraska

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