By Timothy Rohwer, The Plattsmouth Journal
PLATTSMOUTH – The idea of bringing solar power to Plattsmouth was brought up Monday evening. Craig Vincent, account manager for the Nebraska Public Power District, went before the Plattsmouth City Council to discuss NPPD’s Sunwise Community Solar Program.
“We’ve had discussions with Plattsmouth going on several years now,” Vincent said. “It’s a service to communities to facilitate a solar energy product for communities to use and residents to take advantage of. It is sized to the community.” Continue reading here.
Photo Credit: IEW. Posted on City of Norfolk.Gov.
NFS Note: NPPD’s contracts allow municipal customers to generate no more than 10% of their peak load from renewable energy sources.
As a publicly-owned utility and a political subdivision of the State of Nebraska, NPPD is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the people they serve. Our chartered service territory is vast, including all or parts of 84 of Nebraska’s 93 counties. NPPD was formed on Jan. 1, 1970, when Consumers Public Power District, Platte Valley Public Power and Irrigation District (PVPPID) and Nebraska Public Power System merged to become who we are today. NPPD is grounded in serving Nebraska’s energy needs. We are respectful of the rich public power history in the state, yet we are mindful that the state’s energy future is being defined by what we do each and every day.
“We used to talk about affordability and reliability as the imperatives. Now I think
we have a three or four-legged stool. We need sustainability and resilience.”
– Mary Harding, NPPD Board of Directors member and former chair
Source: Midwest Energy News
MORE ABOUT NEBRASKA’S LARGEST COMMUNITY SOLAR PROJECT
Norfolk’s 8.5-megawatt solar farm nearing completion, Siouxland Proud
The program is made possible through a 30-year partnership between Norfolk’s energy supplier, Nebraska Public Power District, and Sol Customer Solutions. [Mayor Josh] Moenning said there’s much more demand for solar energy these days, specifically from corporations.
“We think this is very forward-looking. A lot of businesses now are looking only for renewable sources, clean sources of energy and we’ll be able to accommodate them to a certain extent with this project and we’re hopeful we can develop more in the future,” said Moenning.
Referenced by Mayor Moenning – Corporate Renewable Energy Purchasers
- Visit Clean Energy Buyers Association for a sampling of corporate members who are among their large renewable energy buyers.
- American Clean Power Association members also include large corporate renewable energy purchasers.
> More than 1,000 utilities, cooperatives, municipalities, and Fortune 500 companies buy wind and solar power.
> Corporate buyers have contracted 46 GW of wind and solar to power their businesses.
Previously Posted Midwest Energy News Story
“Northeast Nebraska is the renewable energy hotbed of the state,” said Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning. “I’d much rather use clean energy that’s made in our backyard than haul it in on a coal train from Wyoming, which is the status quo in Nebraska.”
Moenning is happy about the solar project with NPPD, which will also include a 1-megawatt battery, but it doesn’t satisfy his city’s renewable aspirations, and they “absolutely” want more.
ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY SOLAR RESOURCES
- Solar Energy Industries Association Report: Community Solar Project Siting: A Framework for Producing Zero Carbon Electricity and Serving Ecosystem Enhancement & Conservation
- National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners resource: Community Solar Bibliography