OPPD strikes deal to bring solar power facility to Fort Calhoun

Omaha Public Power District has worked with city officials to create plans for a 35-acre, 5-megawatt, community solar facility just east of the city limits. The ground is owned by the city and is currently leased for agricultural purposes.

The facility will be OPPD’s first community solar project.

Mary Fisher, vice president of Energy Production and Nuclear Decommissioning, said it’s something OPPD customers have been wanting for some time.

“Our customers have really been asking for a solar option,” she said. “And we have customers that, because of either the size of their home or because they live in apartments, the rooftop on their home does not provide the ability for them to participate in solar.”