By Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive
Flexible subscriptions and solar-plus plans “push the envelope” of utility programs.
[Smart Electric Power Alliance Utility Strategy Manager Dan] Chwastyk said the success of the Municipal Utility of Freemont, NE, SunShares program may be one version of next generation community solar. Fremont worked with SEPA on a survey to understand what customers wanted, Department of Utilities General Manager Brian Newton told Utility Dive . . . Newton said the utility decided the best way to capture the interest was to offer two kinds of subscriptions.
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Photo by Mike Kruger: Construction began in October on Fremont’s first solar farm, which sold out in 7 weeks and is expected to go online in December. A second solar farm already has a waiting list of 70.
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ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
Nebraska town can’t get enough of community solar: Smart program design drives sold-out project, Smart Electric Power Alliance
Fremont Business Park, Greater Fremont Development Council
- 80 acres municipally-owned, shovel ready; Olsson Associates master planned site
- 10MW power available with ability to grow with customer
- Power rates in the 4.5 to 4.9 cent range per kWh – Municipally-owned utilities
- Fixed rate period up to 5 yrs. available per Nebraska State law and dependent on size and scope of project
- Municipality has two sources for power backup; NPPD & OPPD through automatic interconnect agreements