Solar is South Sioux City’s latest investment in renewables

By Ty Rushing, Sioux City Journal

Panels that are part of a 21-acre solar farm are shown on the south end of South Sioux City. The solar park produces 2.3-megawatts of capacity, enough to meet 5 percent of the city’s total electrical needs. Photo Credit: Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal

In addition to the 5 percent from solar, future plans call for South Sioux City to purchase 7 percent of its power from hydroelectric sources, another 7 percent from under-construction Green Star Gasifiers and 33 percent from Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources LLC via the Cottonwood Wind Farm, a project currently under construction in Webster County. Once all of those entities are in place, 52 percent of the electricity used to power South Sioux City will have originated from renewable sources, which also brings with it significant cost savings, [City Administrator Lance Hedquist] noted.

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