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Valmont uses proprietary trackers in 1-MW solar project supporting its manufacturing facility

By Billy Ludt, Solar Power World

Valmont Industries, a global provider of engineered products and services for infrastructure development and irrigation equipment and services for agriculture, celebrated the interconnection of its 1-MW solar field at its manufacturing facility in Valley, Nebraska. The new solar array is the largest privately-owned, behind-the-meter solar field in Nebraska, spanning 4.3 acres. Convert, a Valmont company, supplied 45 tracker tables making the array. Continue reading here.

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Photo by Valmont – Project installer: Interconnection Systems Inc based in Central City, Nebraska.

GRAND ISLAND NEWS

Grand Island looks to sell surplus credits from green energy, by Brandon Summers, Grand Island Independent

“We’ve been approached by some companies that are interested in marketing these renewable energy credits to either utilities that are in states that have these mandates for renewable energy credits, or companies out there that are interested in reducing their carbon footprint,” Utilities Director Tim Luchsinger said. In 2015, the city launched its first wind project, and a solar array pilot project in 2018. A 50-megawatt wind project in Custer County will go online in two to three years. “That will increase our renewable energy to about 45% to 50% of our total energy used,” Luchsinger said.

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Previously posted articles by Karen Uhlenhuth, Energy News Network:

  • Nebraska solar farm highlights tension between cities, electricity wholesaler
    The city of Norfolk, Nebraska, soon will celebrate its first solar farm — and the last one allowed under a contract with its electricity wholesaler. The 8.5-megawatt community solar project is being developed in partnership with the Nebraska Public Power District, which supplies power to most of the state outside of Omaha and Lincoln. The hitch for Norfolk is that the public utility’s contracts prevent municipal customers from generating more than 10% of their peak load from alternative sources, a threshold the city expects to reach with this project. “Northeast Nebraska is the renewable energy hotbed of the state,” said Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning. “I’d much rather use clean energy that’s made in our backyard than haul it in on a coal train from Wyoming, which is the status quo in Nebraska.”
  • Nebraska utility could slash emissions at little or no added cost, studies show
    A pair of reports by independent consultants both conclude that the Nebraska Public Power District could eliminate most of its carbon emissions without having to spend significantly more than it would otherwise for power.

TESLA SOLAR ROOFS

Solar energy popularity grows in Iowa, by Maggie O’Brien, The Nonpareil
A Council Bluffs electrical contractor is believed to be the first in Iowa and Nebraska to install Tesla solar roofs at the homes of customers across both states, including one customer who lives near Lake Manawa. PowerTech, which is headquartered in the Bluffs and has an office in Omaha, is awaiting the required permits before beginning construction at all three homes. In addition to the Manawa property, one home is located in rural Nebraska and one in central Iowa.

Weddle & Sons Roofing is also a certified Tesla Solar Roof installer in Nebraska. Office locations include Lincoln and Omaha.

Current job locations / listings on Weddle & Sons’ website Include Lincoln:

You Tube Video: We Installed A Tesla Solar Roof In One Day: Weddle & Sons Roofing

Renewable Energy Purchase in Grand Island

 By Amanda Kerstetter, NBC Nebraska

Photo: NBC Nebraska

Photo: NBC Nebraska

Excerpt
“We have our primary source right now is coal, we do have some natural gas, this wind energy will obviously be a bigger factor in that portfolio that we have,” said Tim Luchsinger of the Grand Island Utilities Department . . . “Environmentally, it is a clean source, it’s definitely the way of the future and it’s going to be good for Grand Island, it’s going to be good for Nebraska and it’s going to be good for the country,” said Luchsinger.

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City of Grand Island announces first renewable energy purchase, signs agreement with Invenergy Nebraska wind power, PRNewswire

Update: Grand Island Announces First Renewable Energy Purchase

By Megan Johnson, Reporter for NTV

Photo: NTV

Photo: NTV

Buying in to wind energy now might not make much difference for Grand Island Utilities customers in the near future, but officials say it could pay off down the road.

Twenty turbines will make up Prairie Breeze Phase III when it’s finished in 2016, turning in the wind and creating power for Grand Island.

“We were asked to participate in a wind energy project up at Elgin, Nebraska; it’s actually the third phase of the project up there,” explains GI Utilities Director Tim Luchsinger.

Continue reading.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
Gering to update wind, solar codes: Interest in alternative energy on the rise, KOTA TV

City’s coal-fired power plant entering its twilight

by Tracy Overstreet, The Grand Island Independent

Grand Island’s coal-fired power plant, the Platte Generating Station, has been a rock star.

“Grand Island has never run a plant as long and as hard as we have Platte,” Utilities Director Tim Luchsinger said.

The 100-megawatt plant went on line in 1982 and has provided low-cost, baseload-level electricity ever since.

But a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Monday upholding the Environmental Protection Agency’s enforcement of greener energy policies has raised questions about the future of coal-fired plants such as Platte.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if we don’t see a lot of operation of Platte by 2030,” Luchsinger said. “It may be retired by then.”

That projected retirement may come as a surprise to some, particularly as the plant undergoes a $42 million pollution-control upgrade that will be complete in November. But it’s not so surprising to those in the energy industry.

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http://www.theindependent.com/news/local/city-s-coal-fired-power-plant-entering-its-twilight/article_00459ea2-ff49-11e3-be5e-0019bb2963f4.html