Grand Island Utilities and Nelnet Renewable Energy are joining forces to build a groundbreaking 12.5 megawatt solar generation facility on the east side of Grand Island. This collaborative effort is a significant step forward in the city’s commitment to sustainable energy solutions.
The decision to construct the facility was approved unanimously by the Grand Island City Council. Ryan Schmitz of Grand Island Utilities, Jess Baker from Nelnet Renewable Energy, and Travis Kepler, the engineering manager, presented plans for the project during a recent council meeting. The chosen location for the facility, a 43.73-acre parcel, is conveniently situated near an existing community solar facility and a strategically positioned substation, allowing for a seamless interconnection.
Groundbreaking for the project is expected to take place later this month. One of the main environmental considerations of the facility is the incorporation of pollinator and wildlife-friendly habitat, highlighting the commitment to preserving the ecosystem. This unique approach aims to maintain the eco-friendly habitat valued by the city’s residents and businesses while generating clean, renewable energy for the community.
By harnessing solar energy, Grand Island utility customers will directly benefit from renewable energy generated within their own city. Additionally, the partnership between Nelnet and Grand Island will enable the project to be funded with federal funds, bringing back tax dollars that would otherwise be sent to Washington, D.C.
This endeavor marks the beginning of a promising partnership between Grand Island Utilities and Nelnet Renewable Energy. Together, they are spearheading a new era of sustainable energy in Grand Island, setting an inspiring example for other communities to follow.
1. How much energy will the solar generation facility produce?
The facility will generate 12.5 megawatts of solar energy, providing a significant renewable energy source for Grand Island.
2. When will the construction of the solar generation facility begin?
Groundbreaking for the project is scheduled to take place later this month.
3. What environmental considerations are being incorporated into the facility?
The facility will include pollinator and wildlife-friendly habitat to preserve and support the local ecosystem.
4. How will this project benefit Grand Island utility customers?
Grand Island utility customers will benefit from the renewable energy generated by the facility, reducing reliance on non-renewable energy sources.
5. How is the project being funded?
The partnership between Nelnet and Grand Island will allow the project to be funded with federal funds, bringing back tax dollars to support the construction of the facility.