Omaha World-Herald Editorial Staff
Many Nebraskans say increased use of renewable energy needs to be a priority for our state and nation. Omaha Public Power District, in response, is about to promote solar power via sales of shares to customers. Continue reading here.
Photo: Lincoln Electric System’s SunShares Solar Farm. Courtesy of LES
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OPPD customers will soon be able to buy shares of solar power, by Aaron Sanderford
OPPD’s Solar Shares Program
OPPD has posted information on their website about the Solar-Shares Program, including background information, program highlights, and information on how a participant’s monthly solar charge will be calculated.
NPPD’s SunWise Community Solar
SunWise is a community solar program available in participating Nebraska Public Power District retail communities. Eligible customers have the opportunity to use solar energy to partially power their homes and businesses without the need to invest in a rooftop or home-based system.
- Current Participating Communities
Venango – fully subscribed
Scottsbluff – Pilot project fully subscribed. NPPD and the City of Scottsbluff are now working on a 5-megawatt project.
Kearney – shares available
Kearney Community Solar Q&A
- Customers living in other communities served by NPPD may request community solar for their town or city by submitting the online form available at the link, below. NPPD serves 80 communities throughout Nebraska.
Request community solar in your community.
Generating 5 megawatts of solar energy, the LES community solar facility is the largest and first utility-scale solar installation in Nebraska, as well as one of the largest in the region.
The project was developed by Enerparc, and LES contracted for all energy produced by the facility. The installation, located at Northwest 75th and West Holdrege streets, uses 15,333 solar panels to produce enough energy to power 900 typical homes in Lincoln. Enerparc began construction in March 2016, and the solar facility went online in June 2016. At the time of its completion, over 1,200 residential and business customers voluntarily contributed funds through the LES SunShares program to help support a portion of the facility.
Businesses enrolled in LES SunShares
LES Community Solar Facility
LES Community Solar Brochure
Lincoln Electric System’s Sustainable Energy Program
Links to more Nebraska communities’ completed solar projects or plans, and general community solar information sources are available here:
Resources For Nebraska Communities Considering A Community Solar Project