By Mason Dockter, Sioux City Journal
SOUTH SIOUX CITY — The city of South Sioux City will become a “demonstration site” for the storage of electric power generated by the city’s 1,200-panel solar installation. A large-scale battery with the capacity to store 1.5 megawatts of power will be installed by Florida-based NextEra Energy Inc. this winter, City Administrator Lance Hedquist said.
The unit carries a price tag of about $1.8 million, but Hedquist said the cost will be whittled down by state funds and tax credits. He said the battery will probably have the appearance “of a semi trailer without wheels,” and will be located by the city’s 21-acre, 2.3 megawatt solar panel site . . . Hedquist has said the city plans to fully phase out of its wholesale power contract with NPPD by 2020. Read more here.
Photo: South Sioux City’s solar array generates enough energy to provide 5% of South Sioux City’s electrical needs. This is the first Nebraska project for California-based developer Solar City. Credit: Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal
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