Nebraska's Largest Community Solar Project Approved for Norfolk

April 17, 2019 - 11:09am

The state’s largest community solar project has been approved by the Norfolk City Council and is expected to be operational by the middle of 2020.

The Nebraska Public Power District will facilitate the project along with a new battery energy storage system demonstration. The expected output of the solar project will be 8.5 megawatts, making it the largest in Nebraska. Other communities like Kearney, Scottsbluff and Venango have similar, smaller solar projects.

Mark Becker, who is the supervisor for media services with NPPD, said the interest in community solar projects across the state is high.

“It is part of our process moving forward," Becker said. "We like to look at it from the perspective of: what does our carbon-free footprint look like? Usually, we are somewhere in the vicinity of about 60% of our energy we generate is carbon-free.”

The new battery energy storage system, which will store energy from the solar complex and provide it during times of little or no sunlight, was made possible by a Nebraska Environmental Trust grant – the first of its kind in the state.



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