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600 kilowatt solar array located on Custer County ranch | KTIC Radio

600 kilowatt solar array located on Custer County ranch

600 kilowatt solar array located on Custer County ranch
RRN/ Ribbon cutting was held on Monday March 14, 2016 for the installation of the largest solar array in Nebraska on the Pandorf Land & Cattle Co. ranch northwest of Callaway.

A crowd of people gathered in a remote part of southwestern Custer County Monday for the dedication of the state’s largest solar array system capable of producing 600 kilowatts of electricity. Prior to that, Lt. Gov. Mike Foley offered remarks at a program held in the Callway Community Center calling it an innovative and exciting project. The solar panels are located northwest of Callway on the Pandorf Land & Cattle Co. ranch. Innovative Solar, a Holdrege-based company is the developer. The electricity generated at the site will be purchased by Custer Public Power District at comparable rate to which they purchase wholesale power from Nebraska Public Power District.

RRN/ Lt. Gov. Mike Foley was featured speaker at a  ceremony in Callaway to dedicate the largest solar array system in Nebraska on Monday March 14, 2014.
RRN/ Lt. Gov. Mike Foley was featured speaker at a ceremony in Callaway to dedicate the largest solar array system in Nebraska on Monday March 14, 2014.

The idea for a solar installation began a little more than a year ago when the financial manager for Pandorf Land & Cattle approached them with idea as a way to help manage their taxable income. Mike Pandorf said it looked like a good idea and they studied it further. Among the considerations were that the cost of the panels themselves have come down in the past couple of years. Like any other farming or ranching decision, Pandorf said it had to make economic sense and “pay it’s way”.

RRN/ Some of the solar panels that extend the length of a football field in 12 rows on the Pandorf Land & Cattle Co. near Callaway.
RRN/ Some of the solar panels that extend the length of a football field in 12 rows on the Pandorf Land & Cattle Co. near Callaway.

The solar array will generate enough electricity to power 60 homes or from 10 to 12 center pivots. All of the power will be purchased by Custer Public Power District, according to General Manager Rick Nelson. He notes that Custer Power will be purchasing the solar power at similar rate to what they pay to purchase wholesale power from Nebraska Public Power District. Nelson says there’s been a lot of interest from other landowner groups in solar installations.

RRN/ Sen. Matt Williams speaks at a dedication ceremony Monday March 14, 2016 at the Callaway Community Center for a 600kw solar system installed on the Pandorf Land & Cattle Co. ranch.
RRN/ Sen. Matt Williams speaks at a dedication ceremony Monday March 14, 2016 at the Callaway Community Center for a 600kw solar system installed on the Pandorf Land & Cattle Co. ranch.

Sen. Matt Williams says it was exciting to see such a structure in his legislative district. He added that from a legislative stand-point, senators need to continue to create an environment that’s conducive to that type development.

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