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Thank you to Michael Shonka and everyone who attended his presentation last night!

Co-Sponsors Nebraskans for Solar and the Omaha Sierra Club would like to thank Michael Shonka for his informative and well-received presentation at UNO’s Community Engagement Center on the topic of “Central City’s Solar Farm.” We also thank everyone who braved last night’s bitter temperatures to attend the event and for your thoughtful and well-informed questions.

We regret that Michael’s friend and colleague, Chuck Marken, was unable to join us. On behalf of Nebraskans for Solar, however, Michael has let him know that the invitation to come to Nebraska and present a public forum remains open.

We also wish to thank three special guests: David Bracht, Director of the Nebraska Energy Office; Cliff Mesner, whose company developed the Central City Solar Farm and who contributed to last night’s presentation, answering a number of questions from the audience; and Don Preister, a leading pioneer in renewable energy legislation that laid the groundwork for its development in our state, serving for 16 years as a senator from Bellevue in the Nebraska Legislature.

Save the date!  You are invited to a panel presentation, “Creighton University’s Sustainable Energy Science Program” on Monday, March 23rd. RSVP required. Please see our calendar for additional details.

Central City plans to build state’s first community solar farm

by Algis J. Laukaitis, Lincoln Journal Star

Central City officials announced Thursday that they plan to build Nebraska’s first community solar energy project.

The 100-panel system will be constructed alongside an existing system that is owned by Mesner Development Co. of Central City in an industrial park next to Nebraska 14, north of the city.

“We are always looking for ways to save our citizens money, and developing this solar system is one way to do that,” Central City administrator Chris Anderson said in a news release. “It will allow us to lock in a stable price for electricity for the foreseeable future.”

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