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City of Fremont Works for a Second Solar Farm After the First Sells Out

By Kari Lawrence, US92, Nebraska News Channel

FREMONT – Due to the first solar farm in Fremont selling out, and the overwhelming response from the community, the City of Fremont is planning a second farm. The City of Fremont is working toward a grant to help fund the making of the second solar farm in Fremont. The grant would come from The Nebraska Environmental Trust, which Executive Assistant of Communications and Grants, Lottie Mitchell says made the most sense. Read more here.

To learn more about Fremont’s First Solar Farm, click the following links:

Fremont Business Park, Greater Fremont Development Council

  • 80 acres municipally-owned, shovel ready; Olsson Associates master planned site
  • 10MW power available with ability to grow with customer
  • Power rates in the 4.5 to 4.9 cent range per kWh – Municipally-owned utilities
  • Fixed rate period up to 5 yrs. available per Nebraska State law and dependent on size and scope of project
  • Municipality has two sources for power backup; NPPD & OPPD through automatic interconnect agreements

Earlier Articles Showing the Solar Farm’s Progression

Q&A: How solar could change the face of low-income energy assistance

Written by Frank Jossi, Midwest Energy News

Jason EdensA north-central Minnesota solar nonprofit is creating a community solar garden for low income residents of a Native American reservation that it believes could become a national model. The 200 kilowatt community solar garden will be built by the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance for low income residents living in the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. It would serve from 100 to 150 families. The nonprofit plans to build the solar garden using money from a $500,000 state grant and then donate it to the tribe. Click to continue reading.

Photo of Jason Edens, Director of the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance. Credit: Tom Kelly / Creative Commons

A low-income St. Paul neighborhood has an ambitious energy plan, Midwest Energy News

Declining energy sector jobs switching to solar power, Associated Press, The Sacramento Bee
Innovative Model Program: New Jersey’s PSE&G’s Solar 4 All program is turning old landfills and brownfields into solar-generating stations
Consumers Energy Opens Second Community Solar Power Plant on 8,5 acres at Western Michigan University, PR NewsWire
GM Shows That Solar Can Power American Manufacturing, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) Blog
Midwest electric cooperatives adding solar energy, Electric Co-ops Today
Racine Solar group purchase set, 18 homes participating, The Journal Times
Why impact investing is great news for renewables, Renewable Energy World

Potential model for Nebraska communities: Wisconsin group purchase program, Solar Racine

By Michael Burke, The Journal Times

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Solar Racine is an upcoming group purchase of photovoltaic installations for homeowners and businesses. The initiative, a program of the energy committee of Greening Greater Racine, is modeled on similar programs in Seattle, Portland and Milwaukee. Click to continue reading.

Photo by Gregory Shaver / The Journal Times. Tom Rutkowski is shown with the solar photovoltaic panels on the south side of his garage. The 4.4-kilowatt system that was installed two years ago produces on average about 85 percent of his electricity for his house and Chevy Volt electric car. Rutkowski is part of the Greening Greater Racine energy committee that has started an effort called Solar Racine.

How much does a PV system currently cost in Nebraska?
Cheaper by the Dozen: Solar Group Purchase Programs,
American Solar Energy Society
Group solar purchases helping Midwest cities cut carbon emissions, Midwest Energy News
Milwaukee’s solar group-buying program is expanding, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Solar Bulk Purchases, Community Power Network