2017 Top government stories: Kearney switches on $11 million solar farm

By Mike Konz, Managing Editor, Kearney Hub

The idea for the solar park was planted several years ago. That is when Kearney Mayor Stan Clouse and City Manager Mike Morgan began looking into renewable energy systems. Kearney had narrowly missed being selected as the site for a $1 billion Facebook data center. Facebook had been offered an extremely competitive electrical rate to build in Kearney, but planners selected a site in Iowa that offered electricity from wind turbines. Kearney leaders realized that to get tech companies’ attention, clean renewable energy had to be part of the proposition. Click here to read the entire article.

Photo Caption: It was the year of the trail in Kearney, as the final stretch of a 13.2-mile hike-bike trail finally linked Cottonmill Park west of the city with Fort Kearny State Recreation Area southeast of the city. Kearney also completed Nebraska’s first water trail near Yanney Heritage Park. Credit: Mike Konz, Kearney Hub

Track Kearney Solar Farm’s Energy Production

To learn more about installing solar for your home, business or farm, plan to attend the Kearney workshop Is Solar Right for You? sponsored by Common Ground and presented by Nebraska Extension Educator F. John Hay on January 30, 2018. The public is invited!


  • Kearney residents may sign up online to purchase solar shares in the project by clicking this link and selecting the Kearney project, or by calling NPPD toll-free at1-877-275-6773.
  • Request Community Solar In Your Community: In addition to Kearney, participating communities in NPPD’s SunWise Program include Venango and Scottsbluff. If you are an NPPD customer who lives in another town or city and would like to request community solar, click here to submit the SunWise Community Solar Interest Form.


SoCore and United Power, an 82,000 member Colorado co-op, are partnering on an innovative community-battery-storage pilot program.
Like community solar, members of the community will purchase a portion of the battery’s capacity to power their homes during peak hours. In exchange, the participants will lower the demand charges on their monthly electrical bills. Construction on the project will start in the first quarter of 2018.