Nebraska's largest solar facility opens in Norfolk
NORFOLK, Neb. -- "I've been looking forward to this day for a long time," said Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Nebraska's largest solar facility, Wednesday.
Representatives from NPPD, the City of Norfolk, N Solar, the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy, and the Nebraska Environmental Trust hosted the opening ceremony for the project in Norfolk.
Officials said, the new solar facility is part of a goal to make Norfolk carbon neutral by 2050.
"We are very committed to a low carbon future," said Thomas Kent, NPPD President & CEO.
"It's going to increase clean energy and decrease the price of energy," said Bridget Callahan with Sole Systems.
It should drop monthly electric bills for community members who have a share in the solar panels by around $15-$20.
It's not just saving individuals money -- but going forward, the mayor said, this plant should make Norfolk as a whole a more financially independent city.
It also has bee pollinator habitats on site.
The project also worked with Northeast Nebraska Community College to establish scholarships for students studying electrical work.