Saunders County’s Clean Energy Future
In April 2021, Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) and Community Energy announced a Power Purchase Agreement for Platteview Solar, an 81 megawatt (MW) utility scale solar installation, proposed to be located just south of Hwy 92 in the Yutan area of eastern Saunders County. This partnership is the result of OPPD’s 2019 solicitation of proposals for private companies to construct up to 600 megawatts of solar energy generation facilities to serve OPPD’s current and future needs for their customers. The announcement can be found on OPPD’s The Wire. The addition of this 81 MW solar project to OPPD’s portfolio is an intentional step to provide its customers modernized technology with a focus on renewables, resiliency and reliability as part of its overall Power with Purpose program, a 400-600 MW solar project with natural gas-back up. The Platteview Solar project is anticipated to start construction in the Spring of 2022 with commercial operation anticipated by the end of May 2023.
Solar energy is a proven, reliable, low-cost and safe technology. There are over 2 million solar installations in the U.S. on the roofs of homes and businesses and in large, utility-solar projects like Platteview, supporting 240,000 jobs and a rapidly growing base of construction experience.
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 will be holding an educational session for the community at the Yutan Veteran’s Center on Friday, April 23, 2021 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm.
About the Project
Platteview Solar is a proposed 81 megawatt (MW) utility scale solar photovoltaic electric power generating facility, that will be located just south of Hwy 92 in the Yutan area. The project site is comprised of approximately 500 acres total of leased land, spread across several clusters of flat, gently rolling land in Saunders County.
As part of the project design and approval process, the project will comply with all County and State requirements regarding setbacks, fencing and screening and engage with local stakeholders to manage concerns around viewsheds and community assets such as the Hollst-Lawn Cemetery. Many environmental studies are being conducted to ensure identification and protection of sensitive areas, habitat and species. These studies include wetlands, drainages, cultural resources, and threatened and endangered habitat and species.
The Platteview Solar project will prioritize agricultural land preservation, including planting pollinator-friendly and native species and a restorative ground-cover seed mix to ensure the land is enhanced and maintained during the life of the solar project. The Platteview Solar project intends to be a good neighbor and contributing member of the community by working closely with our local partners to ensure that this project supports community needs for the long-term.
The Platteview Solar project is anticipated to start construction in the Spring of 2022 with commercial operation anticipated by the end of May 2023.
Economics and Community Impacts
Solar projects do more than generate clean, reliable and affordable electricity. They also generate economic and community growth while prioritizing landowner benefits and agricultural land preservation.
The Platteview Solar project will impact the local economy and community in multiple ways:
- Long Term Tax Revenue: The solar project will pay substantial taxes over 30 years, without increased pressure on community services such as roads, schools, libraries, and first responders. The project will contribute approximately six percent of the Yutan Schools’ annual property tax revenues. The project will provide about 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.
- 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, Site Work, Landscape, etc
- Local Spending during construction: Hotels, Restaurants, Shops, Entertainment, etc
Platteview Solar will be seeking approval of a Conditional Use Permit from the Saunders County Board of Supervisors. This process is expected to take about six weeks to complete. 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
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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