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Nebraska’s electricity providers include public power districts, municipal utilities, and electric cooperatives. Our state has 166 publicly owned utilities governed by community-elected boards. Visit the website of the Nebraska Power Association for a list of all of them.

Historical Perspective: History of Public Power in Nebraska, Chapter 2, Nebraska Power Review Board Orientation Manual

COMMUNITY SOLAR

“Community Solar” has a number of other names, including: community-based renewable energy, solar gardens, solar farms, shared solar, or community-shared solar. A program or project typically involves the community in discussing and implementing a plan. It may initially or sometime in the future provide virtual net metering, as Lincoln Electric System is doing in the second phase of its SunShares Program, and as Nebraska Public Power District is initiating through its pilot SunWise projects in Venango and Scottsbluff.

Currently, at least nine Nebraska towns and cities, identified below, have created community-involved solar projects or are discussing developing one. The following resources are offered to communities that may be considering a project:

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NEBRASKA COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE DEVELOPED OR PLAN TO DEVELOP SOLAR PROJECTS & LINKS TO INFORMATION

MORE COMMUNITY SOLAR LINKS

ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES

SUNDA: NRECA’s Innovative Solar Utility Network Deployment Acceleration Project
The Solar Utility Network Deployment Acceleration project, or SUNDA, is developing a “PV system package” consisting of engineering designs; business models, financing and insurance options; and optimized procurement that will drastically reduce soft-costs, including:
·  Engineering design costs 25%
·  Consolidated procurement costs by 10%
·  Insurance costs by 25%
The overall goal of the project is to reach a target of $1.60/Wp installed cost.
Solar Utility Network Deployment Acceleration (SUNDA) Project   

MUNICIPAL UTILITIES

RENEWABLE ENERGY: NATIONAL/REGIONAL

NEBRASKA LINKS

ENERGY CONSERVATION & EFFICIENCY: NATIONAL & LOCAL

ELECTRIC VEHICLES

ENERGY STORAGE

GREEN BUILDING