OPPD customers can now buy a piece of solar energy.
Beginning April 1, customers can enroll in the utility’s community solar program on oppd.com. The program allows participants to use clean, locally generated energy without the expense of installation and maintenance costs of solar panels on their roof. Customers who currently rent their homes are also eligible.
In June, 2018, OPPD awarded a 20-year power purchase agreement to a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC. The agreement is to build a 5-megawatt solar facility in Fort Calhoun, Neb.
When customers enroll in community solar they can subscribe to one or more shares of the energy produced. Each share represents 100 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity. A monthly charge will appear as a separate item on these customers’ monthly bill.
To secure a share, customers will pay a one-time, $100 fee that is refundable. OPPD will add this fee to the first bill after a customer subscribes to the program.
Customers, both residential and commercial, who are interested in participating in community solar can visit the program’s page on oppd.com. From there they can get information on a variety of topics and more details on how the program works.
The solar array is currently under construction east of Fort Calhoun in Washington County. It will cover approximately 35 acres. According to the contract with NextEra, the facility will go into operation by June 30, 2019.
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