Renewable energy project in works for Norfolk

September 27, 2018

NORFOLK - The City of Norfolk and the Nebraska Public Power District are seeking some grant funding for a battery energy storage project.

Sustainable Energy Manager Dave Rich tells News Talk WJAG the battery storage system would be tied to a proposed community solar project planned for Norfolk in 2019.

Rich says if approved, $490,000 will be awarded from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the two-year project.

“This will be the first of its kind in Nebraska. It’ll be connected to the community solar project, and it’ll be charged during the daylight hours from the sun and then it can be discharged at the direction of NPPD and we will use it for many different purposes over this several year evaluation project” Rich said.

He says battery energy storage unit would store approximately the amount of electricity that a small home would use over the course of two months.

Rich says if approved the facility would be in operation late 2019.

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