Panelists explain how solar energy benefits Kearney

    Panelists explain how solar energy benefits Kearney. (NTV News)

    The largest solar array project is on its way to Kearney, panelists educated the public on Wednesday about the benefits it will bring.

    With the $11 million project coming along in the city, the Nebraska Wildlife Federation hosted a panel discussion.

    Panelists had the opportunity to explain how the project will work in Kearney and answer questions from the public.

    Chicago’s So Core Energy created the project and it will be located at the city’s Tech One Crossing.

    Mayor Stan Clouse said it will be beneficial, and renewable energy is a way that the city plans to bring more jobs to the city.

    "And we felt like we needed to do something in the renewable energy piece in order to be attractive for the Tech Park and for businesses in Kearney specifically,” said Clouse.

    Nebraska Public Power District has been working more than a year with the city to develop its third Sun Wise community solar project in the state.

    They will be also working to market 7,099 community solar shares.

    "The key is to figure out how to integrate this to our public power system so that it works for everybody and were not crippling the public power process as we do it,” Mesner Development Company’s Cliff Mesner.

    Now the city of Kearney and NPPD are teaming up to offer a community solar program.

    This gives them the opportunity for electric customers to partially power their homes and businesses with solar energy.

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