Platteview Solar
Saunders County, NE

  • About the Project

  • In April 2021, Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) and Community Energy (CE) announced a Power Purchase Agreement for Platteview Solar, an 81 megawatt (MW) utility-scale solar photovoltaic installation with a proposed location just south of Hwy 92 near Yutan in eastern Saunders County. The project site consists of approximately 500 total leased acres, spanning several clusters of land with a flat, gently rolling topography. This announcement supports OPPD’s Power with Purpose initiative. The official project announcement is on OPPD’s The Wire.  OPPD is the lone customer for Platteview Solar’s energy, providing long-term stability and support.

    As part of the design and approval process, Platteview Solar will comply with all Saunders County and State of Nebraska requirements regarding setbacks, fencing and screening. CE is engaging with local stakeholders in order to manage concerns around viewsheds and community assets, such as the Hollst-Lawn Cemetery. Several environmental studies are underway to ensure the proper identification and protection of sensitive areas, habitat and species. The focus of these studies includes wetlands, drainages, cultural resources, as well as threatened and endangered habitat and species.

    Platteview Solar will prioritize agricultural land preservation, including planting pollinator-friendly and native species with a restorative ground-cover seed mix to ensure that the land is enhanced and maintained throughout the entire 30-year life of the project.


    Public Information Events

    Platteview Solar held a community meeting on March 31, 2021 at the Yutan Veterans Country Club.  The meeting was designed to provide an opportunity for interested parties to learn more about the project, ask questions and provide comments.  Thank you to all who attended. 

    Platteview Solar held an educational session for the community at the Yutan Veteran’s Center on Friday, April 23, 2021 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm. 


  • Solar Projects are Good Neighbors

  • Community Energy intends to be a good, respectful neighbor and contributing member of the Saunders County community by working closely with our local partners to ensure that this project supports all community needs for the long-term.

  • Over the years, Community Energy has developed more than 1,500 Megawatts (MW) of solar power installations around the country. Once built, solar facilities are quiet, odorless, low profile, and require minimal maintenance. Saunders County recently adopted new regulations for responsible solar development, further displaying the County’s knowledge that these projects are safe and can be built responsibly. Platteview Solar meets or exceeds all of these regulations – ensuring that once this project is fully operational, with the landscape buffer in place, most will not notice the facility is even there.

  • Finally, there is a carefully developed plan for the safe, clean decommissioning of the site at the end of the project’s effective life. A Decommissioning Plan ensures that there is an agreement and financial surety in place to remove the project and equipment and return the land to its original condition and use, with no strain on the community or the land.


    Economic Benefits to the Community

    The Platteview Solar project will impact the local economy and community in multiple ways:

    • Long-Term Tax Revenue: Platteview Solar project will have a significant positive financial impact on the local community. The project will pay more than $300,000 in local taxes per year, with at least $200,000 going to the Yutan School District each year for the entire 30-year life of the project. This additional revenue could help with any potential upgrades in a variety of areas throughout the school district, such as facilities renovations, new teacher and / or support staff hiring, program funding, etc.

       

      These funds come without increased pressure on community services such as schools, libraries and first responders. The project will provide approximately 14 percent of Marble Township’s property tax revenues and roughly the same share of the Fire District’s annual property tax revenue. The tax revenues (unlike residential or commercial development) will not be offset by an increase in county expenses for schools, water, sewage, etc. Revenue could be put towards county infrastructure or improvements for local roads and / or schools. According to a study by the University of Nebraska, the total economic output during the nearly one-year construction phase of the project is expected to be $57 million in Saunders County alone, including $18.6 million in employee compensation.

    • Full‐Time Jobs: 2‐3 full‐time operations and maintenance jobs

    • Construction Jobs for Local Workers: 150+ jobs during the 6‐9 month construction of the project

    • Construction Contracts for Local Businesses: Electrical, sitework, landscaping, etc.

    • Local Spending during Construction: Hotels, restaurants, shops, entertainment, etc.

  • Project Timeline

    After significant testimony, the Saunders County Board of Supervisors voted 6-0 to approve the Conditional Use Permit for the 81 MW Platteview Solar Project.

  • Following approval of the Conditional Use Permit, Platteview Solar will be required to obtain all required Building, Electrical, Fire, and Road permits through either Saunders County or the State of Nebraska.


    About Community Energy 

    Community Energy is the developer of Platteview Solar. Community Energy is a leading renewable energy developer with over 20 years of experience, having developed many of the first and largest wind and solar projects in the United States.  This includes over 1,500 MW of solar farms similar to the proposed Platteview Solar project.  Community Energy is headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania with an office in Boulder, Colorado.

    For more information about Community Energy, please visit https://www.communityenergyinc.com


        To Learn More About Platteview Solar and for answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) visit:

        https://www.communityenergyinc.com/platteviewfaqs

        To submit new questions about the proposed Platteview solar project, please send an email to

        platteviewsolar@communityenergyinc.com.


        Contact Information
       
        Page Bolin
        Senior Project Developer
        Email: platteviewsolar@communityenergyinc.com
        Phone: (866) 946-3123