The City of Norfolk will be joining a multi-city community solar program through Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD). NPPD announced that the city would be a subscriber to the SunWise Community Solar program, which aims to reduce carbon emissions and deliver cost savings to residential customers.
SunWise Community Solar is a multi-city community solar program that has already received attention from Scottsbluff, Venango, and Kearney communities in Nebraska. To start reaching out to residential customers, NPPD will be hosting a SunWise open house, where representatives will answer questions and help attendees understand the process of purchasing energy from a community solar project.
Along with the inclusion of the City of Norfolk, NPPD revealed that it will be adding a battery storage system to the SunWise site. The battery will be connected to the solar installation and will serve as a demonstration project.
According to Josh Moenning, Norfolk’s mayor, the SunWise Community Solar program is a one-of-a-kind project and, upon completion, will be the largest in the state. Moenning also confirmed that the site will be the first tied to battery storage.
The SunWise community solar program allows customers to subscribe to solar energy and receive a discount on their monthly utility bills. Additional subscribers will help increase the amount of electricity the solar project generates. By subscribing to community solar, customers help reduce the carbon emissions for the City of Norfolk and the State of Nebraska.
NPPD also announced that it will be entering into a 30-year agreement for an 8.5-megawatt solar installation on Norfolk’s well field. The development will be overseen by N Solar and is expected to undergo construction in 2021. The site is expected to go live by the end of the same year.
For this agreement with the City of Norfolk, N Solar will handle the lease agreement. Currently plans project that the site will house more than 25,000 solar panels.