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  •  Nebraska is going green, however red they were (11+ / 0-)

    Wind Energy

    Nebraska has the 4th largest wind resource in the country, but with an installed capacity of just 294 megawatts -- enough to power about 80,000 homes -- Nebraska doesn’t even rank in the top 20 when it comes to wind energy production. The state is ramping up quickly, however, adding 60 megawatts in 2010 and more than 80 megawatts in the first quarter of 2011 alone.

    Biomass Energy and Cellulosic Ethanol

    All in all, Nebraska produces more than 11 million dry tons of biomass each year, making it one of the top ten biomass producers in the country.[8]

    In 2009, biomass generated more than 70 million kilowatt-hours of power in Nebraska -- enough to power more than 6,000 homes for the year. The state's biomass power generation has increased nearly 1,500 percent since 2001.[9]

    Solar Energy

    Nebraska Renewable Energy Systems, a manufacturing and consulting firm, points out that solar panels are the perfect complement to wind-energy systems, as windy and sunny weather rarely coincide. On display at the company's off-grid energy farm in Lyons are a solar shower, cooker, and 500-watt solar array mounted on a passive tracking device, which keeps the panel tilted toward the sun all day long.[17]

    Nebraska farms are ideal candidates for solar power installation. A 2003 study on a Nebraska cattle farm showed that solar energy can enhance livestock and crop management by creating free power for functions such as water pumping.[18]

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    by Shockwave on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 10:04:43 AM PDT

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