Webster County Approves Plan to Build New Solar Field


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Elizabeth Miglin | February 25, 2021

Webster County recently approved plans to build a 957-acre solar field. The energy produced by the panels would be able to power 30,000 homes.

Holliday Creek Solar LLC, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota will build the field and eventually transfer the site’s certificate to MidAmerican Energy. Construction is set to begin in the spring and conclude by next winter, according to Webster County planning and zoning administrator Jeff Johnson. The energy will be directed to a nearby substation, then exported to a transmission grid providing energy to other counties.

“We are moving in the right direction,” Johnson said many participating landlords and homeowners in the county are interested in this project.

While Iowa solar panels net capacity has grown from 2-megawatts (MW) in 2012 to as much as 160 MW in 2020, many counties have yet to adopt solar and wind ordinances which provide construction guidelines for these projects.

The Webster County Board of Adjustment approved the project on Jan. 18, followed by the Iowa Utilities Board on Feb. 3.

As Iowa thaws, flood season begins


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Melting snow over the weekend created ice jams along the Des Moines River near Fort Dodge, putting 21 counties under flood warnings and leading 15 families to evacuate their homes.  Continue reading

Iowa edges Nebraska for “Next-generation” Dupont Ethanol Plant


 

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Iowa edged Nebraska on Wednesday for a ethanol plant to be built by DuPont that would use corncobs, leaves and stalks as feedstock rather than corn, the Des Moines Register reports.

The plant will be built in Webster or Story County and will join a proposed Poet facility at Emmetsburg as Iowa’s two “next-generation” refineries. Continue reading