Nebraska is another state that has significant solar power potential. The state’s first big year for solar panel installations was 2017. All three sectors; residential, commercial, and utility solar were deployed in decent numbers for that year. The state now has about 43 megawatts of installed solar capacity, as of 2018. This brings its ranking to 45th. It’s also enough electricity for about 6,000 homes.
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Here are some key numbers about the state’s solar activity to date;*
- About 5 megawatts of solar capacity was added in the state in 2018. This gave it a ranking of 44th for that year.
- There are 34 solar companies in the state, which are responsible for employing 1,328 people.
- The state invested $10 million into solar projects in 2018. There’s now $62 million as a cumulative solar investment for Nebraska.
- Prices for solar have dropped 47 percent over the past 5 years.
The Holdrege Solar Center and the “City of Lexington” are a couple of the larger solar installations in the state. At 3.6 and 3 megawatts, respectively, they can provide power for almost 1,000 homes.
Nebraska currently does not have a renewable portfolio standard.
The state has a net metering policy that states that excess electricity is to be credited to customers at the avoided cost rate. Systems are allowed to be as large as 25 kilowatts.**
There are about 19 solar installers now operating in the state. They can be found in Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, Lexington, Columbus, and Hastings to name a few. Residential solar installations are certainly on the rise in the state.
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*Information and figures gathered from seia.org.
**Information and figures gathered from dsireusa.org.