Kearney solar array near complete, residents can now signup for renewable energy

Kearney residents interested in renewable energy can now sign up for a share in the city's brand new solar array. (NTV)

Kearney residents interested in renewable energy can now sign up for a share in the city's brand new solar array.

"There's over 22,000 solar panels on about 53 acres," said city manager Michael Morgan.

Instead of mounting a solar panel to your home or business, the city of Kearney is giving you another option for renewable energy, one the entire community can use.

"The goal of the project is to provide an alternative source of energy for some of the users in the community who prefer that," Morgan said.

The Kearney solar array is the latest addition to the city's Tech oNE Crossing, and the city manager is hoping the array will attract even more businesses to the area.

"It sets the stage for our community to show some creativity in economic development, and also be able to recruit some of the firms that prefer alternative energy," Morgan said.

Folks interested in using renewable energy in their home or business can purchase solar share. Of course, this solar array will be a new source for clean energy in central Nebraska, but city leaders are keeping their eyes open for other long term impacts.

“That's something we'll just have to monitor. This is the largest solar project in Nebraska. We'll learn about it in the first year as to what it means and how much energy it produces," Morgan said.

The solar array is set to be complete by February. To buy a share in the array, you must be a Nebraska Public Power District customer. Click here to request a solar share.

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