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Nebraska lawmaker seeks grants to promote solar power

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Despite interest from communities across the state and reliable sunrays during peak summer months, Nebraska has shied away from solar power.

A bill proposed in the Nebraska Legislature could make it easier for communities to begin generating their own renewable energy.

The measure by Malcom Senator Ken Haar suggests the Legislature give $4 million of this year's general funds for grants of up to $150,000 each to jumpstart cities' solar projects.

Haar said traditional energy sources like oil and gas receive subsidies and it makes sense to help along renewable energy the same way.

Matt Litt, Nebraska state director of Americans For Prosperity, says the group opposes the bill, saying such government aid amounts to the government picking winners and losers.

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