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Nebraska State Fair approves solar project

The Nebraska Building houses the State Fair's administrative offices as well as Game and Parks and Raising Nebraska exhibits (NTV News)

With a goal to be the most innovative fair in the country, the Nebraska State Fair reaches an electrifying agreement.

On Friday, the State Fair board approved a deal to add solar panels to the Nebraska Building, where the fair’s administrative offices are location.

Contractors from J-Tech Solar estimate it'll save the fair a few thousand dollars in utility expenses.

But the real reason is education. The fair has already achieved “zero waste” status, and fair leaders say this further shows the commitment to sustainability.

Jason Olberding, CEO of J-Tech said, “Everywhere we go, we get a lot of awareness, a lot of people wanting to know more about solar power, so this will be an opportunity for us to answer questions. We'll do lives talks and demonstrations throughout the fair to promote solar.”

The panels will be installed at no-charge to the fair.

J-Tech Solar is a contractor with Lincoln and Grand Island offices. The company has reached a sponsorship deal with the fair, to support sustainability programs.

Olberding said they hope to have the panels installed soon.

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