Tag Archives: Resources for Nebraska Communities Considering A Community Solar Program

Nebraska’s Three Major Utilities’ Community Solar Programs

OPPD’s Proposed Community Solar

On February 13th OPPD posted an update on their website about the utility’s proposed community solar program, including background information, proposed program highlights, and information on how a participant’s monthly solar charge would 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.

LES SunShares


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

Fremont moves forward on second solar farm due to high demand

By James Farrell, Fremont Tribune

Before Fremont’s first-ever community solar farm has produced a kilowatt of energy for its pioneering subscribers, the city has started seeking a contractor for a second farm. That’s because of the overflowing demand from residents who couldn’t get spots in the first farm, which is filled to capacity, according to Troy Schaben, assistant city administrator of utilities . . . The city put out a Request for Proposals for the new farm on Feb. 14 with a March 2 deadline for submissions. A contract should be doled out by the middle of March or beginning of April, Schaben said. The city hopes to have the second farm online by the beginning of October.
Learn more here.

Photos Courtesy of Troy Schaben, Assistant Fremont City Administrator of Utilities: Fremont’s First Solar Farm and Inverter Station

FREMONT SCHOOLS & COMMUNITY SOLAR
When asked in an email if local schools may participate in Fremont’s Community Solar Program, Mr. Schaben replied, “While they did not participate in this phase of the solar farm, they were eligible to participate.”

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING

Solar Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) Case Study: Inside the City of Fremont, Nebraska’s Community Solar Program
Based on multiple interviews with citizens of Fremont, Nebraska, this case study describes how program design and a latent demand for solar power led to selling out the 1.5 MW solar farm in seven weeks. This case study also includes insight into the commercial and industrial demand in small town Nebraska.

Save the Date! Avoiding the Growing Pains of Community Solar – SEPA Webinar Includes Fremont’s Program: April 5, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Speakers will include Brian Newton, Assistant Fremont City Administrator of Utilities. Click here for additional details.

SEPA RESOURCE LIBRARY