Senator Tyson Larson and Senator Ken Haar, co-chairs of the LR 455 Committee of the Legislature, announced a series of hearings about Opportunities for Nebraskans related to affordable energy efficiency and renewable energy development for communities, businesses and homes. Hearings will be held September 27th at the Broken Bow Middle School and September 28th at the State Capitol in Lincoln. Topics for the hearings will be solar energy development and energy financing, with a particular emphasis on PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy).
- On September 27th at 10 a.m. in Broken Bow, the committee will hear presentations on energy financing, including PACE and will follow with solar energy development at 1:30 p.m.
- On September 28th beginning at 9 a.m. in room 1525 of the State Capitol, the committee will hear about solar energy development followed by energy financing, including PACE beginning at 1:30 p.m. At both sites, the hearings will begin with presentations from experts invited to share their knowledge of the topics at hand, and then will be opened up for testimony from the public.
“These hearings are about opportunities,” said Senator Ken Haar. “We want Nebraskans to learn how they can reduce their energy bills through developing PACE programs or using other financing programs from the Nebraska Energy Office to make their homes and businesses more energy efficient. PACE and the Energy Office programs can also provide financing for renewable energy projects, including helping people put up solar panels.”
“We also want to make people aware of the opportunities for solar development,” said Senator Tyson Larson. “We are just beginning to scratch the surface of the possibilities for solar energy in Nebraska. It is very exciting to hear about all the new renewable energy developments happening in our state.”
PACE is a new program authorized by the 2016 Legislature. It authorizes municipalities to set up programs to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for businesses and homes in which the projects are paid off through an assessment on the property where the project is located. There are many attractive aspects of PACE programs, including the ability to finance projects that may have more upfront cost but provide more long-term benefits. In addition, PACE programs can provide one-stop service that encompasses financing, contracting and repayment through one program.
For more information contact Ken Winston, Legislative Aide to Senator Ken Haar, 402-471-2673 or firstname.lastname@example.org