Solar power in Nebraska

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Solar power in Nebraska is used for only a very small percentage of the state's electricity, although it is rapidly becoming competitive with grid electricity, due to the decrease in cost and the eight-year[when?] extension to the 30% tax credit, which can be used to install any size system. In 2015, the state ranked 47th among the 50 U.S. states with 1.1 MW of installed capacity.[1] 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 is available or storage. Estimates show that Nebraska could generate 3,832,600 GWh/year from wind,[2] and 34.1% of demand from rooftop solar panels, using 8,200 MW of solar panels.[3] Large-area solar farms would generate many times demand.[citation needed]

Nebraska's largest solar installation is the 200 kW system in Central City.[4] A group of arrays totaling 108.9 kW was installed at Creighton University.[5][6] The second largest is the 45 kW array at the Norfolk Operations Center of Nebraska Public Power District.[7] A 3.6 MW community solar plant at Lincoln is expected to be finished in 2016.[8]

Source: NREL[9]
Installed Photovoltaics[10][11][12][13][14]
Year Total (MW) Installed (MW)
2010 0.2 0.2
2011 0.3 0.1
2012 0.4 0.1
2013 0.6 0.2
2014 0.8 0.2
2015 1.1 0.3

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  1. ^ Nebraska Solar, SEIA, accessed May 31, 2016
  2. ^ Estimates of Windy Land Area and Wind Energy Potential, by State
  3. ^ Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Technical Potential in the United States
  4. ^ Solar Energy Generation in Nebraska, Nebraska Energy Office, May 12, 2016
  5. ^ Omaha Renewable Energy Project
  6. ^ Output display
  7. ^ Renewable Energy
  8. ^ Solar power on the rise in Nebraska, Fred Knapp, NET News, May 31, 2016
  9. ^ "PV Watts". NREL. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  10. ^ Sherwood, Larry (August 2012). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2011" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 17. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  11. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2009). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2008" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 16. Retrieved 2010-07-24. 
  12. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2012). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2012" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 16. Retrieved 2013-10-11. 
  13. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2014). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2013" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Retrieved 2014-09-26. 
  14. ^ Nebraska Solar