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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.
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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

OPPD community solar project could allow for 100 percent renewables, in theory

By Cole Epley, Omaha World-Herald

By the end of 2020, OPPD expects more than 50 percent of its retail electricity sales to come from renewable sources, most of that from wind turbines . . . The math is pretty simple. “When you pair the district’s supply-side suite of energy generators with someone who wants to go up to 50 percent participation in a community solar program, they would at that point achieve 100 percent renewable energy designation on an annual basis,” Brad Underwood, OPPD’s director of corporate planning and analysis, told the utility’s board of directors on Tuesday . . . Of course, the variability of wind- and solar-powered generators means that the 100 percent designation would be theoretical. Read the entire article here.

Photo: Kearney, Nebraska Community Solar
“OPPD management doesn’t expect to award a contract for actual construction of the district’s first community solar project until perhaps April or May.” – Cole Epley

MORE ON NEBRASKA COMMUNITY SOLAR & AN UPCOMING WEBINAR

In his article, Cole Epley references Fremont’s Community Solar. Last December the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) completed a case study: Inside the City of Fremont, Nebraska’s Community Solar Program, which can be downloaded here. 

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! On April 5, 2018 from 1 to 2 pm, SEPA will present a webinar called, “Avoiding the Growing Pains of Community Solar.” The speakers will include Brian Newton, City of Fremont Administrator and Fremont Department of Utilities Manager.