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SEPA Case Study – Selling Out 1.55 MW of Community Solar in 7 Weeks: Inside the City of Fremont, Nebraska‘s Community Solar Program

Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

Few think of rural towns as the perfect case study for community solar, but they don’t know Fremont, Nebraska. The town has a long history of environmental stewardship and latent demand for renewable energy. When Brian Newton arrived in Fremont as the new Utility General Manager, he set about discussing the possibility of a community solar farm for his customers. Through a series of public meetings, Brian was able to launch, and twice expand, the community solar farm within seven weeks. This case study lays out the principles and tactics Newton undertook to ensure the 1.55 MW community solar farm was a success.

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  • Learn more about Fremont’s Community Solar Farm by watching this YouTube video.

Proposed 5-Acre Fremont Community Solar Farm: “Solar diversification promising option”

Cliff Mesner

By John Liesveld, Fremont Tribune

Thanks to a technical grant by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Brian Newton, Fremont general manager of utilities, hopes to establish a five-acre community solar farm with the potential to generate 1.7 million kilowatt hours per year, enough electricity to power, on average, 140 homes.

Newton discovered the NREL grant at an ideal time. Earlier this spring, he met with the Fremont Board of Public Works to discuss various aspect of strategic planning in the city of Fremont. A focal point of those discussions arose from the city’s efforts to diversify the resources it uses to generate electricity. Read the entire article here.

Image: Central City 200-kilowatt solar farm developed by Cliff Mesner. If developed, the Fremont solar farm would be significantly larger, as described above. Courtesy photo.