Nebraska's potential to generate renewable solar energy to be discussed


Teresa Hoffman, policy communications associate,, 402.687.2100 ext. 1012; or Rhea Landholm, brand marketing and communications manager,, 402.687.2100 ext. 1025

LYONS, NEBRASKA – An upcoming virtual meeting hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs will explore the growth of solar energy in Nebraska.

“Nebraskans are lucky to have access to great renewable energy potential,” said Lu Nelsen, policy associate at the Center. “Wind energy has already grown significantly in the state, and we’re starting to see solar grow to deliver many of the same benefits to communities across the state.”

The meeting, which is set for 6:30 p.m. CST, Dec. 17, will feature Martin Kleinschmit, owner of MarLin Wind and Solar; Cliff Mesner, owner of Mesner Development; and Brian Newton, city administrator of Fremont. Participants will have an opportunity to learn more about solar energy development at various levels, and ask presenters questions.

“As the solar industry continues to grow in Nebraska, we have an opportunity to take advantage of our potential at the individual-, community-, and utility-scale level,” Nelsen said. “The real challenge to capturing the benefits of solar energy in our state is connecting people to possibilities and smart policy to support development.”

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