Scottsbluff moves toward solar energy

Scottsbluff could realize some of the lowest electric rates in the nation under an agreement that will bring solar power to all city operations.

During its Monday meeting, council members approved a lease agreement with Sol Systems, LLC as part of the city’s five-megawatt solar power project. Sol Systems would then enter into an energy purchase agreement with Nebraska Public Power District for distribution of the solar electricity.

The solar panels will be located southeast of the Landers Soccer Complex, north of Scottsbluff and track with the sun to absorb solar energy throughout the day.