Kearney solar panel project officially underway

Published: Feb. 2, 2017 at 7:15 PM CST
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Months of coordinating between the City of Kearney, SoCore Energy and the Nebraska Public Power District paid off today as representatives signed on the dotted line, approving an 11-million dollar solar panel project.

While the Kearney city manager called Thursday's press conference to get this contract signed and officially start the solar panel project, he also wanted to give community members an idea of what benefits this project will bring.

One of those perks is this will allow for more local jobs. Construction workers will be needed to help put the solar panels into place once spring comes, says Mayor Stan Clouse.

For those who aren't looking for work there will be an opportunity within the coming months to buy stock in the solar energy.

As for "going green," the mayor says many positives will come out of taking advantage of our natural resources.

"When you look at society as a whole there's a lot of emphasis on renewable energy and green energy, and I think what this does is promote our community, to promote our tech park, as a player in the renewable energy field," said Mayor Stan Clouse.

Robert Scheuermann, the president of SoCore Energy, is excited to bring to Kearney what he calls good, clean, reliable and cost-efficient power and says having the city "go green" will help it grow in the future.

According to Scheuermann, in the 17 states his firm operates in, he's seen a pattern where corporate companies are attracted to an often want to operate as much as possible on clean energy.

He believes this solar panel project will bring companies to the area.