Kearney mayor gives update on city's green efforts

Solar energy is becoming more and more popular, and right here in central Nebraska, Kearney is building the state's largest solar array. The $11 million project is a partnership with SoCore Energy. Kearney Mayor Stan Clouse says it will produce 5 percent of Kearney's electricity. The project is expected to be complete this fall, Mayor Clouse says construction is expected to begin in the next few weeks.

He also says this project will cost more than other energy sources but thinks it's worth it, in the long run, saying, "One of the main drivers for the city of Kearney is it's in our Tech Park and we feel based on some experiences we had with Facebook a number of years ago that it's critical we have a renewable energy source."

Many years ago, the city developed the Tech oNE Crossing business park. At the 160-acre site, they tried to build a Facebook data center worth more than $1 billion. It failed and the company picked a different location in the Des Moines, Iowa area because it offered wind energy.

Solar panels are also being built in Lincoln, Lexington, Venango, Scottsbluff and Custer County. According to the SoCore website, they are developing solar projects throughout the country.

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