Tenaska bets on solar with stake in roof-panel installer

by Russell Hubbard / World Herald staff writer

Omaha energy company Tenaska has bought a stake in a California-based installer of residential rooftop solar panels.

Terms weren’t disclosed in the deal announced this week by Tenaska and Suncrest Solar.

The investment is a bet on residential solar development by Tenaska, which builds and operates natural-gas fired electric plants nationwide. Suncrest designs and installs solar panels that produce electricity directly into homes, with excess amounts sold to an electric utility. Suncrest Solar installed about 500 systems on homes last year.

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