Solar XL placed its first solar panels in the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline on the farm of Nebraska landowners Jim and Chris Carlson on July 29, 2017.
WATCH: Facebook Live video of Solar XL installation #1, hosted by Bold Nebraska’s Jane Kleeb.
Here are some photos from the groundbreaking event:
(Jim Knopik (left) of family-owned rural solar installer North Star Solar Bears, farmer Jim Carlson, and Bold Nebraska’s Jane Kleeb)
Over 20 members from the community joined the event and volunteered their time to help with the installation.
These panels will help power the homes of Nebraskans resisting Keystone XL, and are being installed by the family-owned rural solar business, North Star Solar Bears.
Together we’ve raised $38,667 toward our $50,000 goal and we’re making plans to install the next two installations in September!
The next Solar XL sites will be located on the ranches of pipeline fighters Bob and Nancy Allpress, and Diana and Byron “Stix” Steskal. KXL would cross within 200 feet of the Allpress Family’s home. Any spill from this tarsands pipeline threatens their drinking water source that lies just 14 feet below the surface.
The Steskals’ farm in Holt County, NE grows feed corn and edible crops such as popcorn, potatoes, wheat, and beans. The proposed pipeline route would cross 1.2 miles of the family property and affect the North Branch of Eagle Creek, from which they draw water.
The fate of the pipeline will be decided in the next two months – which is why we need your help now more than ever. There’s one final permit TransCanada needs in Nebraska, and if we can stop it, the pipeline can’t be built – allowing #SolarXL to remain.
On behalf of Solar XL project sponsors Bold Nebraska, 350.org, Indigenous Environmental Network, CREDO and Oil Change International, thanks for your support.
The Solar XL Team