Renewable Energy

Total Manufacturing Company's Office

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Location: Haymarket
Type: PV System - Pole Mounted
Size: 5.3 kW

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Total Manufacturing Company (TMCO) is a local business in the downtown Lincoln area that specializes in one-stop, concept-to-completion metal manufacturing services. They had SWT Energy Inc. install their solar electric system. This dual-axis tracking photovoltaic system utilizes three helical anchors that are screwed 25 feet into the ground to provide superior foundation over a conventional concrete structure. The tracking capability also increases the performance of the system 40% over stationary mounted photovoltaic systems. This project was funded in part by the Lincoln Electric System via the sustainable energy program and is widely regarded as the first major commercial solar electric installation in Lincoln.

Hyde Memorial Observatory's Rooftop

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Location: Southeast Lincoln
Type: PV System
Size: 2.2 kW

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The Hyde Memorial Observatory Photovoltaic project was a cooperative venture funded as a demonstration project by Lincoln Electric System with additional support provided by the Hyde Observatory Board, Lincoln Parks and Recreation, Information Analytics Incorporated, and Alltel. Dixon Power Systems of Lincoln installed the system. It has been generating electricity since 2003. According to a 2008 five-year study, the system had averaged over 8 kWh per day and has provided nearly 40% of the observatory's electrical needs. At the time of the study the system had generated nearly 15,000 kWh.

Jayne Snyder Trail Center's Deck

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Location: Antelope Valley
Type: PV System
Size: 4.8 kW

The Antelope Valley Union Plaza is a 3 block urban park located just east of downtown featuring the new multipurpose Jayne Snyder Trails Center. The Snyder Center's 4.8 kWh installation was designed into the construction of the new trails center along with a wide variety of energy efficient LED lighting, windows, shades, doors, insulation, and materials, making this building an excellent demonstration of green energy and building practices for the entire community. The solar panels are secured to the roof with a pre-engineered ballasted racking system. The solar energy system is a grid-tie system. The performance readings will be available from a public viewing station on the lower level of the building. The Snyder Center is also the home of the Community Health Endowment. This installation should deliver up to half the regular electrical power needs of the building. The project was completed in 2012 by SWT Energy Incorporated, and cost the City of Lincoln $30,700 in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, or approximately $6,300 per kW.

UNL Animal Science Department's Complex

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Location: UNL East Campus
Type: PV System
Size: approx. 39 kW

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has installed 162 photovoltaic solar panels on their animal science building. Located on UNL's east campus, this system was installed by Boyd Jones Construction. The system transfers power back into the building's electrical distribution system to reduce demand from outside sources. Check out the time-lapse video from the project.

LPD's Center Team Station

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Location: North Lincoln
Type: PV System
Size: approx. 10 kW

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The Lincoln Police Department's Center Team Station installation is a collaboration between the Public Building Commission, which manages the building, and the City of Lincoln. The 10 kWh photovoltaic system was installed in June, 2013 on the building's south facing side roof. The choice of this building for the installation was in large part due to its being one of the City's most energy efficient buildings, including an existing geothermal heating and cooling system. The addition of the clean energy from the solar installation makes this building one of the most "green" energy buildings in Lincoln. The performance readings will be available through an on-line monitor. This installation should deliver up to a quarter of the electrical power needs for the building. This project was completed in 2013 by Solar Heat & Electric, and cost the City of Lincoln $48,440 in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, or approximately $4,844 per kW.

StarTran's Bus Shelter

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Location: Downtown
Type: PV System - Off Grid
Size: approx. 896 W

The City of Lincoln StarTran transit system had solar panels installed by Dixon Power Systems to one of their bus shelters. The bus shelter is located in the downtown Lincoln area near the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. The system was installed to provide power to operate the LED message boards that display updates on bus route time information without the use of grid electricity. This 24-volt DC system produces 896 watts of power and has 400 amp-hours of battery storage. This supports the bus shelter's 6am - 7pm, six days per week, and 52 weeks per year operations.

Tim's Home

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Location: Central Lincoln
Type: PV System
Size: 5.7 kW

Best parts of Tim's experience:
"Very helpful information from LES and solar companies..."
"[The solar energy] system works well, including the net metering."
Challenges Tim faced:
"[2012's summer] heat was so bad that installation was difficult for the construction team and the panels could not operate at capacity."
Tim's advice for those considering solar energy in Lincoln:
"[It would be best] to start with LES and to seek input from [solar] companies."
"[Consider if there are benefits to] replacing [your] roofing before installing the panels."

Bob's Garage

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Location: Northwest Lincoln
Type: PV System
Size: 6.9 kW

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Best parts of Bob's experience:
"Installation and connecting to the system."
"Getting the federal energy tax credit."
Challenges Bob faced:
"Weather and construction delays."
Bob's advice for those considering solar energy in Lincoln:
"Be sure to start with a good local contractor. Do not do far away companies."
"Do your homework and be sure to know what the contractor is proposing. Consult with independent experts whenever possible."

Jessica's House

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Location: South Lincoln
Type: PV System
Size: 3.5 kW

Best parts of Jessica's experience:
"Once everything was decided, having the work done was the easiest part."
"Enjoying it and using it since its installation."
Challenges Jessica faced:
"Deciding the details: how big [of] a system to install, how much bang for our buck, how long until it would be obsolete, whether or not to include battery back-up, [and] how local options compared to options I saw available on [television or elsewhere]."
Jessica's advice for those considering solar energy in Lincoln:
"Definitely investigate more than one company and compare their options."
"Have a good sense of how much money [you] are willing to spend so that [you can] get a couple of quotes for different sizes [and] efficiencies."

Mark's Roof

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Location: Capitol Beach
Type: PV System
Size: 4 kW

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Best parts of Mark's experience:
"Working with [my solar installer Jon Dixon;] he took care of everything."
Challenges Mark faced:
"Really no problems at all. Most of the installation issues and complexity came from adding a natural gas backup generator at the same time that the panels were installed."
Mark's advice for those considering solar energy in Lincoln:
"Work with an expert who has experience installing PV systems and has worked with [Lincoln Electric System] before on other [grid-connected] projects."

View the solar energy production of more properties in Lincoln at Enphase Energy.