By Taylor Ttrujillo, KLKN-TV
Excerpted program features: This farm has 15,000 panels. So far, 400 customers have purchased about 500 panels. Customers have the option to purchase 1 panel for $640 in 2019, or half panels for $320. On average it saves customers $32 a year on LES bills. The solar farm is under lease on the current property for 17 more years. Read more here.
Photo Credit: Lincoln Electric System
This news story update raises several questions:
- Why aren’t more LES customer-owners participating in their community solar program?
- The program saves LES customers money each year. What other factors / benefits might encourage more to subscribe to the program?
- What do polls show us about local and national attitudes toward renewable energy?
A Renewable America (ARA): Renewables Role in America’s Energy Future: Nebraskans’ Views
ARA is a project of the Wind Solar Alliance, a nonprofit, bipartisan organization.
National polls demonstrate a majority of Americans support solar energy, Solar Energy Industries Association
- How does renewable energy fit within our state’s energy profile?
U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA): Nebraska’s Energy Profile
- In 2018, Nebraska obtained 63% of its net electricity generation from coal, 15% from nuclear power, and 14% from wind. Almost all of the rest was generated from hydropower (4%) and natural gas (3%).
- Nebraska is among the top 10 states in per capita total energy consumption in part because of its energy-intensive industrial sector, led by agriculture and food processing, and because of the state’s hot summers and harsh winters.
- Nebraska has the third-highest number of industrial electricity customers of any state, and a significant share of Nebraska’s industrial consumption is seasonal demand from farms where electricity is used to run irrigation systems.
Last Updated: March 21, 2019