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December 30, 2019

Nebraska Public Power District can help make that interest a reality

Scottsbluff, Neb. – Residents of Scottsbluff who are interested in having solar energy as part of their electricity options, now have the opportunity!

The City of Scottsbluff, in cooperation and partnership with Nebraska Public Power District, will again offer community solar shares to their customers in Scottsbluff. A second community solar project is under construction in Scottsbluff, located near Landers Soccer Complex. The 4.375-megawatt solar farm, scheduled to go live this spring, will begin taking registration for shares from Scottsbluff residents and businesses on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. The initial solar farm, located at NPPD’s Scottsbluff office, was well received and sold out immediately.

“NPPD will purchase 100 percent of the output, selling all shares to interested businesses and residents for them to add to their electric mix,” said NPPD General Manager of Retail Tim Arlt. “It is estimated the solar project will provide $2 to $2.5 million in savings in energy costs over the 25-year agreement period for the city of Scottsbluff. We have seen a lot of interest across the entire state when it comes to our community solar program.”

In the initial signup for the community solar program in Scottsbluff, customers who purchased shares (150 kilowatt hours per share) paid a higher premium. Arlt pointed out that with the second community solar project all subscribers will see a bill credit for the community solar shares. The solar share prices will be blended together resulting in a production cost savings to all solar program participants.

“The community solar projects are not subsidized in any form or fashion,” Arlt pointed out. “Communities that choose not to participate in a community solar project do not pay any costs associated with facilities in participating communities. In fact, NPPD working with its partner communities, established clear guidelines that prohibited cost shifts or subsidies.” An end-use customer who decides not to participate in community solar will not see any impact on their bill.

Those wanting more information or who are interested in signing up for shares can do so online at https://nppd.com/sunwise.

NPPD has seen a growing interest in community solar including the communities of Norfolk, Chadron, O’Neill, Ainsworth Ogallala, Pawnee City, and Loup City.