Central City Creates Nebraska’s First Community Solar Project

Central City, NE ~~ Central City has been approved to build the state’s first community solar project.  The 100 panel system will allow residents save money with solar energy. It will be constructed along side an existing system that is owned by Mesner Development Company in an industrial park alongside North Highway 14. Central City Administrator Chris Anderson says they are always looking for ways to save citizens money, and developing the solar system is one way to do that, as it will allow the city to lock in a stable price for electricity for the foreseeable future.

Community solar projects, like the one being built in Central City, bring together a collection of solar panels in a single area that can be shared by residents or businesses. Central City residents may be able to purchase shares of the energy produced by the system in the future. These systems offer a number of advantages to individuals who want to power their homes or businesses with cost-effective solar energy.

Community solar projects allow for economies of scale, making them less expensive than individually purchased systems. Community solar projects also avoid problems that can come along with the installation of solar at individual residences or businesses. These include concerns such as tree cover and roof orientation.

Today’s announcement builds upon Central City’s leadership in energy innovation. Five years ago, the city replaced all of its streetlights with more efficient LED bulbs. Earlier this year, it purchased an electric car to reduce fuel costs.

Solar power is well-suited to help the city. Solar provides power during the middle of the day, when the city needs the power the most. This new solar system will allow the city to have a low-cost option for purchasing electricity when electricity prices are highest.

Omaha Solar and Heat will install the system. Mesner Development is making the land available for the Central City project.

Both the city and Mesner Development see great potential for solar in Central City. The land where the solar panels will be constructed has room for further solar development should the community decide to expand the system.

“I hope to take this concept to other communities as well,” said Cliff Mesner. “As an affordable housing developer, housing isn’t affordable if residents are paying too much in electricity bills. Solar allows us to bring those bills down.”
Central City has been approved to build the state’s first community solar project.  The 100 panel system will allow residents save money with solar energy. It will be constructed along side an existing system that is owned by Mesner Development Company in an industrial park alongside North Highway 14. Central City Administrator Chris Anderson says they are always looking for ways to save citizens money, and developing the solar system is one way to do that, as it will allow the city to lock in a stable price for electricity for the foreseeable future.

Community solar projects, like the one being built in Central City, bring together a collection of solar panels in a single area that can be shared by residents or businesses. Central City residents may be able to purchase shares of the energy produced by the system in the future. These systems offer a number of advantages to individuals who want to power their homes or businesses with cost-effective solar energy.

Community solar projects allow for economies of scale, making them less expensive than individually purchased systems. Community solar projects also avoid problems that can come along with the installation of solar at individual residences or businesses. These include concerns such as tree cover and roof orientation.

Today’s announcement builds upon Central City’s leadership in energy innovation. Five years ago, the city replaced all of its streetlights with more efficient LED bulbs. Earlier this year, it purchased an electric car to reduce fuel costs.

Solar power is well-suited to help the city. Solar provides power during the middle of the day, when the city needs the power the most. This new solar system will allow the city to have a low-cost option for purchasing electricity when electricity prices are highest.

Omaha Solar and Heat will install the system. Mesner Development is making the land available for the Central City project.

Both the city and Mesner Development see great potential for solar in Central City. The land where the solar panels will be constructed has room for further solar development should the community decide to expand the system.

“I hope to take this concept to other communities as well,” said Cliff Mesner. “As an affordable housing developer, housing isn’t affordable if residents are paying too much in electricity bills. Solar allows us to bring those bills down.”