We are excited to announce that in partnership with SolarCity, the nation’s leading commercial and residential solar power, we are constructing a 3 megawatt solar energy system located in South Sioux City. The city of South Sioux City commissioned the solar project and we are aiming to complete work by the end of December, just in time to light the city up for a happy (and resourceful) New Year!
The Project: This will be SolarCity’s first commercial solar project in Nebraska. SolarCity will handle the financing, design, materials and monitoring for the solar power system while we’re excited to manage electrical installation. Not only is this SolarCity’s first project in the state, but it’s also our largest solar project to date!
What makes this project so great? The solar energy system is expected to produce more than 4 million kilowatt hours in the first year alone. To put that into perspective, the average household uses nearly 1,000 kilowatt hours a month, and a single lightbulb is only 100 watts. Think about how many lightbulbs this solar energy system can help light up! This solar energy system will have the ability to power more than 400 houses a year.
How does this solar power system work? Let’s give a quick rundown: When the sun is out, eight motors at the site will tilt the solar panels to face the sun and track it in order to maximize energy production, converting the energy from the sun directly into electricity for homes and businesses in the area.
When the project is completed, it’ll be time to start lighting up South Sioux City with solar power!
What’s Happening Now: On this beautiful November day, our men are working in the trenches on some of the underground materials. We have seven men on site with experience ranging from one year to 30 years making sure that the work is put together with as much quality and expertise as possible.
What to Expect: The field may look a bit empty right now, but in the next few weeks, it’s going to look completely different. We’ll be finishing up the underground electrical work and will start with the above-ground installations shortly.
Make sure to check for updates on our blog for progress photos, announcements, and information you won’t hear anywhere else!