Solar power in Nebraska

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Solar power in Nebraska is rapidly becoming competitive with grid electricity, due to the decrease in cost and the eight-year extension to the 30% tax credit, which can be used to install any size system. Solar power and wind power are easily able to provide all of Nebraska's energy need, although they would require either transmission lines to provide power when neither are available, and/or storage. Estimates show that Nebraska could generate 3,832,600 GWh/year from wind,[1] and 21% of demand from rooftop solar panels.[2] Large area solar farms would generate many times demand.

Nebraska's largest solar installation is the 108.9 kW group of arrays at Creighton University.[3][4] The second largest is the 45 kW array at the Norfolk Operations Center of Nebraska Public Power District.[5]

Source: NREL[6]
Installed Photovoltaics[7][8][9]
Year Total (MW) Installed (MW)
2010 0.2 0.2
2011 0.3 0.1
2012 0.4 0.1

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  1. ^ Estimates of Windy Land Area and Wind Energy Potential, by State
  2. ^ Report Argues for a Decentralized System of Renewable Power Generation
  3. ^ Omaha Renewable Energy Project
  4. ^ Output display
  5. ^ Renewable Energy
  6. ^ "PV Watts". NREL. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Sherwood, Larry (August 2012). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2011". Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 17. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  8. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2009). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2008" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 16. Retrieved 2010-07-24. 
  9. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2012). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2012" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 16. Retrieved 2013-10-11.