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NPPD shines light on
forward-thinking initiatives

Nebraska Public Power District
(NPPD) continues to put a charge
into sustainable, eco-friendly
innovation — and people are
noticing.
In June, the American Public
Power Association celebrated
NPPD’s efforts with the “Energy
Innovator Award” at its annual
conference.
One of NPPD’s popular clean
energy innovations is its
Community Solar program. It’s
a way for NPPD retail customers
to purchase solar energy without
having to install rooftop panels on
their homes, making it convenient
to utilize sustainable energy and
an environmentally friendly way
to lighten your own personal
carbon footprint.

Solar panels convert natural
sunlight into direct current (DC)
power that is then converted
into standard electrical currents
used in your home to power
everything from your TV and
garage door opener to lights and
appliances.
“Solar subscribers in
participating communities can
buy different amounts of solar
energy based on their annual
electricity usage,” says NPPD’s
Tim Arlt, General Manager of
NPPD’s retail division. “So far,
it’s been very popular with our
retail community partners.”
Kearney’s solar energy facility (pictured) is part of NPPD’s Community Solar Program, SunWise℠.

The SunWise℠ Community Solar
program is a cost-effective way
to use sustainable energy in your
home. Because you don’t have a
solar system on your roof, there
are no maintenance fees, and no
added costs with taxes, insurance

and electrical inspections.
“Plus, you don’t have to own
a home to enjoy NPPD’s solar
power. Duplexes, condominiums,
apartments, businesses – they
can all participate in the SunWise
program,” added Arlt. “Larger

community projects can be
installed and maintained at a
much lower cost than installing
dozens of smaller projects on
rooftops, saving participants
money. By working together, we
all benefit.”

Three NPPD retail communities,
Venango, Scottsbluff, and
Kearney, have already partnered
with the utility in rolling out
Community Solar, with more
actively pursuing the
opportunity.

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