Nebraska ranks 47th in the nation for installed solar capacity with about 29 MWs, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. In a state with more than 200 days of sunshine a year, this state has untapped potential for solar. If Nebraska’s considerable use of other renewable energy sources can pave the way for strong solar policies and incentives, the state can see solar energy take off. Read on to learn about companies, policies, and resources that promote Nebraska solar power.

Nebraska’s Solar
Report Card


To determine a grade for each state, our researchers and solar experts analyzed data on crucial solar-advancement criteria from the following sources:

We determined a rank from one to 10 for each state in each category. We then combined the scores with the following weights and assigned an overall grade for each state. Our goal is to encourage those considering solar for their homes to get a basic understanding of solar potential in their areas and discover the best opportunities for clean energy available.

Incentives & Rebates, 40%

Electricity Rate, 15%

Renewable Energy Policy, 30%

Interconnection Ease, 5%

Photovoltaic Potential, 10%

How Much Does Electricity Cost in Nebraska?

Nebraska residents pay on average about $0.12 per kWh, lower than the national average, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Per capita, electricity consumption ranks among the top ten in the nation thanks to its major food processing and agriculture industry. EIA notes that, while approximately 78 percent of net electricity generation came from coal and nuclear power, more than 14 percent was generated by renewables in 2018. Wind power is the most used renewable energy source in the state. Despite solar having great potential in Nebraska, the state lacks solar development.

Cost of Residential Electricity

Data from U.S. Energy Information Administration
*as of Q3 2015

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Nebraska’s Green Policies & Incentives

Nebraska has only 28.9 MWs of solar capacity installed according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. It follows then that the state is not considered solar-friendly, with few solar incentives and tax exemptions. Nebraska also lacks a renewable energy portfolio standard, giving utilities little incentive to pursue the use of renewable energy. Nevertheless, the state has strong potential for solar and panels on homes are popping up across the state. Nebraskans are taking advantage of the net metering policy, renewable energy tax credits, and a variety of state and utility solar incentives.


Dollar and Energy Savings Loans

The Nebraska Energy Office has a loan program for renewable energy projects that allows residential property owners to receive up to $250,000 to install PV systems. Under this program, commercial property owners can borrow up to $250,000. Interest rates are 2.5 to 5 percent, depending on the nature of the energy system. Property owners have up to 15 years to repay the loan.

None for residential specifically.

None for commercial specifically.


Interconnection Guidelines

Since May 2009, Nebraska law has mandated that property owners with PV systems be allowed to connect to the energy grid, provided that they pay for an external disconnection switch that isolates the system from the grid.

Net Metering

Owners of energy generating systems of up to 25 kW receive credits from their utility company under this measure. Credits are issued based on utility companies’ avoided-cost rate.

Solar and Wind Easements

Under this law, Nebraska requires that those with solar and wind energy generating systems have adequate access to the sunlight and wind the systems need to operate. Local governments may create zoning regulations in order to accommodate property owners with these devices.

None for residential specifically.

None for commercial specifically.


None for residential/commercial specifically.

None for residential specifically.

None for commercial specifically.


None for residential/commercial specifically.

None for residential specifically.

None for commercial specifically.

Nebraska Companies, Contractors & Installers

Dixon Power Systems

Dixon Power Systems specializes in custom-designed solar and wind turbine systems for residential, recreational, small business, agricultural, emergency and field applications. Regularly hosts free solar energy seminars.

Where it operatesLincoln

Year of opening2005

Nebraska Wind and Solar

Nebraska Wind and Solar specializes in residential and commercial PV solar and small wind power systems, including designing and building ¨net zero¨ homes that generate revenues for homeowners by selling power to the grid.

Where it operatesLincoln

Year of opening2004

Solar Heat & Electric

Solar Heat and Electric designs and installs grid-connected and off-grid solar PV and heating systems according to customer-specified budgets and needs. Handles all paperwork and offers data monitoring with no hidden fees or charges.

Where it operatesOmaha

Year of opening1983

Transduction Technologies

A progressive, small engineering company, Transduction Technologies is an Omaha Certified Tier 1 Emerging Small Business that employs the latest in advanced energy and building methods and technology in designing, engineering and constructing residential and commercial PV systems.

Where it operatesOmaha

Year of opening2011

Additional Solar Resources

Green Omaha Coalition

Discover the Green Omaha Coalition, promoting a ¨greener¨ Omaha via collaboration, education, and advocacy, including helping foster growth of residential and community solar energy installations and projects.

Nebraska Department of Energy

Find out more about solar energy generation in Nebraska with this definitive source for energy data, policies, government news and information state-wide and beyond.

Nebraska Solar Energy Society

Housed at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, represents those interested in studying and applying the principles of solar energy generation and its applications throughout society. Provides educational programs to members, the public and carries out educational outreach programs with schools.

Nebraskans for Solar

Explore a comprehensive range of information on solar in the state, from a directory of solar businesses to the latest news and updates regarding local, state and federal legislation, policies and programs.


Explore this comprehensive source of information regarding U.S., state and local solar policies and programs from this online database maintained by the North Carolina Clean Energy Center.

U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Find data and information compiled by the EIA that serves as an essential resource for researchers and the public.

Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Find valuable information resources for solar energy in the U.S. The leading solar energy industry trade association in the country, SEIA is a source of news, information, opinions, research, and statistics.