OPPD customers will soon be able to buy shares of solar power

Omaha Public Power District customers will soon be able to support the local production and use of solar power — at a cost.

OPPD as early as next year will start selling shares of solar power to customers interested in using more renewable power, including those who lack the means to buy or lease their own solar panels.

A residential customer who buys five shares of solar power, for example, could bring enough solar power onto the OPPD grid to offset about half of a home’s monthly electricity usage. The utility designed each share of solar power to represent roughly 10 percent of the electricity that an average residential customer uses each month.