Wahoo Utilities Solar Project Energized and Benefiting the Wahoo Public Library in Nebraska

Feb. 14, 2024
The project has 6,534 solar panels and a capacity of 2 MW-ac, enough to power approximately 350 homes a year

The Wahoo Utilities solar project in Wahoo, Nebraska, has been energized, with the proceeds of the contracted land lease set to fund the Wahoo Public Library.

Wahoo Utilities has leased 10 acres near its substation for the project, with payments directed to a trust benefiting the Wahoo Public Library, where Denise Lawver - the landowner - is the director.

A partnership between GenPro Energy Solutions, Sol Systems, Mesner Development, and Wahoo Utilities, the project features 6,534 solar panels and a capacity of 2 MW AC, enough to power approximately 350 homes a year. Development began in 2020, and the project was approved for construction in 2022.

The project and hydroelectric power from the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), combined with the nuclear and other clean energy resources of the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), allows Wahoo Utilities to have a balanced electric generation mix between carbon-free and traditional energy resources.

"The main benefit of this project and partnership was affordable power very closely priced to what we buy our blended power from the NPPD," said Ryan Hurst, General Manager of Wahoo Utilities. "The 30-year contract on this Purchase Power Agreement was a way to hedge a portion of our power portfolio affordability for the next 30 years."

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