A lease agreement was approved by the Scottsbluff City Council Monday evening that will allow the city’s five megawatt solar power project to move forward.
The agreement with Sol Systems, LLC who can now enter into a purchase agreement with NPPD to distribute the solar electricity.
Scottsbluff City Manager Nathan Johnson told KNEB News they intend to put all the city assets and electrical infrastructure into the solar project.
He says traditional power right now is around 5.9 cents per kilowatt hour and with the solar project, the projected power purchase agreement for the city comes out to about five cents a kilowatt hour.
Johnson said, “So in looking at that, it is going to become one of the lowest and one of the better solar projects in the nation. So we are excited about saving a lot of money initially by putting all of the city’s assets on that, hopefully this summer. And then saving throughout the duration of that power purchase agreement.”
Johnson said the electricity generated would be blended with that being generated at NPPD’s 150 kilowatt array on South Beltline.
The project will be constructed on the roughly 33 acres of undeveloped property that borders the Lander Soccer Complex along West 42nd Street.