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FLORIDA COMPANY TO PARTNER WITH SOUTH SIOUX ON SOLAR POWER PROJECT

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South Sioux City is hoping to increase the amount of local electricity generated by solar power.

City Administrator Lance Hedquist says South Sioux currently has 1200 solar panels providing a small part of the city’s electricity:

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The solar panels are owned by Tesla, and the city purchases the electricity from them.

Hedquist says a large storage battery that can store 1.5 megawatts of power will soon be installed at the solar panel site:

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The battery from NextEra Energy, a Florida company, is expensive, costing around $1.8 million dollars.

One-third of that is being paid for with federal dollars and the state of Nebraska is paying another $600,000.

Hedquist says the battery will help save the city money:

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He says the battery should be installed later in the year.