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UNK makes move to solar energy with NPPD, SoCore agreement

August 16, 2017

NBC NebraskaKEARNEY, Neb. — The University of Nebraska at Kearney soon will get 25 percent of its electrical energy from the new $11 million solar park being built in Kearney.

In an effort to make campus more sustainable, UNK is purchasing 51 percent – or about 3,600 shares – of the solar capacity available from Nebraska Public Power District and SoCore Energy.

“We’re a significant user of energy, so it makes sense to have sustainable practices. Utilizing solar energy fits in with our goal to make sustainability a priority,” said Jon Watts, UNK’s vice chancellor of business and finance.

“We want to be a leader in sustainability. It’s good for campus and the community, and it’s good for students.”

The commitment makes UNK the largest participant in an NPPD solar-powered generation facility. NPPD purchases the solar electricity from SoCore and offers it at cost to residential and commercial customers.

“Establishing utility-scale solar in the immediate Kearney area gives NPPD an edge in supplying local renewable energy directly to our customers who, in turn, benefit from the environmental attributes that renewable resources provide,” said Stan Clouse, Kearney mayor and account manager for NPPD.

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