Many thanks to everyone who turned out last night for Nebraskans for Solar’s March
presentation on “OPPD’s Community Solar Program.”
Our guest speakers, Tricia McKnight, OPPD Product Specialist, and Heather Siebken,
Director of Product Development & Marketing, provided a concise overview of OPPD’s
community solar program and how customer-owners will be able to participate. Their
presentation generated a great number of thoughtful audience questions.
Thank you, too, to our co-sponsoring groups: Green Bellevue, Nebraska Sierra Club, OTOC’s Environmental Sustainability Action Team, and Nebraska Conservation Education Fund.
Starting April 1st OPPD residential customers will be able to purchase “solar shares” in the program. Each 100-kilowatt share will cost 79 cents, which will be added to your monthly bill. Eight-thousand shares will be available. A five-year contract commitment and a one-time, refundable $100 fee will also be required to participate in the program. Commercial enrollment will start in June 2019.
OPPD “solar shares” will not offset a customer’s energy use. Each share will contribute to the building of a utility-scale solar project. The program is similar to OPPD’s original Green Power Program in that it supports renewable energy. OPPD has stated that the Green Power Program, which is voluntary and doesn’t require a participation fee or a contract, supports wind energy development.
This new community program provides the opportunity for OPPD customer-owners to
contribute to a specific renewable energy project, the 5-MW solar farm in Ft. Calhoun, which Heather said during the presentation NextEra Energy Resources has started to construct.
To learn more about the program, visit: www.OPPD.com/CommunitySolarProgram
Photo by OPPD Board Member Eric Williams