St. Paul, ne — Howard Greeley Rural Public Power District broke ground on a new 1MW
solar site on February 17, 2023. The array's power will be distributed directly to members in the form of lower monthly electricity bills. The solar array will be in St. Paul, Nebraska.
As part of the Nebraska Renewable Energy Initiative, Today's Power, Inc. (TPI) of North Little Rock, Arkansas was chosen by Howard Greeley Rural PPD along with Norris Public Power District and Polk County Rural Public Power District. Under the terms of a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), TPI will manage the engineering, procurement, construction, operations, and maintenance of the solar sites.
Dirk Dietz, CEO of Howard Greeley RPPD, said, “Howard Greeley Rural Public Power District and its Board of Directors looked at this as a great opportunity to hedge future rate increases along with diversifying our power supply. Working with other power districts within the state, and evaluating all of the proposals, it made sense both financial and operational to partner with TPI on this project. It is also an added perk, that we get to work with the City of Saint Paul on this project as well.”
The 1MW solar array, will consists of over 2,000 solar panels, which offsets 1,707 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. Chris Heath, Construction and Consulting Manager for Today’s Power, Inc., anticipates the completion of these sites in Spring of 2023. For the length of the PPA, the PPD’s will purchase electricity produced by the solar field at a fixed-low cost.
“We thank Howard Greely Rural Public Power District and its General Manager Dirk Dietz, in allowing Today’s Power, Inc. to provide a utility scale solar project within the Howard Greely Rural Public Power District service territory. As a result of working with the various PPDs in Nebraska, Today’s Power has been able to provide competitive pricing and work toward timely installations at each of the sites located within the State.” Said TPI president, Derek Dyson.