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Fremont’s Solar Farm – A Model for Other Nebraska Towns and Cities Considering a Community Solar Program

The Fremont Solar Farm, now under construction on a 10-acre tract of land south of Jack Sutton Drive, will consist of 3,900 solar panels when completed. The solar farm will be operational by the end of 2017. Fremont Department of Utilities customers have the opportunity to purchase solar shares up to 80% of their kilowatt hours of usage. In a recent Fremont Tribune interview, City Administrator Brian Newton said 40% of the shares have already been sold. GenPro Energy Solutions, based out of Piedmont, South Dakota, with a business location in Lexington, Nebraska, is installing the solar farm.

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Solar Power On The Rise in Nebraska

By Fred Knapp, Reporter/Producer, NET News

NET story

Click image to view 20-second video of a panel being installed at
Lincoln Electric System’s community solar project.

When people talk about renewable energy in Nebraska, they’re usually talking about wind power. But the use of solar power is on track to more than quintuple in the state this year, with the prospect of more to come in the future. Read or listen to the entire story here.

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LES ready to reap the sun, by Nicholas Bergin, Lincoln Journal Star
Despite frequent rains and occasional hail, Nebraska’s first commercial solar energy project is on track to begin harvesting sunlight for Lincoln Electric System by June 20. On a recent afternoon, crews stood in mud bolting photovoltaic panels on top of metal frames. Once complete, the solar power system will wake each morning with the sun and track it across the sky converting light to electricity. The nearly 5 megawatt facility sits on a portion of a 46-acre site along a gravel portion of West Holdrege near Northwest 75th Street. The usable output of the array will be about 3.6 megawatts, capable of powering about 900 Lincoln homes, said LES spokeswoman Erin Hergott. Click here to continue reading and view a series of photos.