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WELCOME TO NEBRASKANS FOR SOLAR!

Nebraskans for Solar is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Our mission is to work with other statewide nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, businesses and individuals to create greater access to solar energy for all. Our 5 focus areas are:

  • Solar Powering Affordable Housing
  • Nebraska Solar Schools. Nebraskans for Solar is a program partner in this new initiative, which officially launched in September 2016. Visit Nebraska Solar Schools’ website to learn more: nebraskasolarschools.org
  • Community Solar Development. Our nonprofit is one of many renewable energy advocacy groups in Nebraska that support community solar as well as rooftop solar development in our state. Community solar has other names, including shared renewables, solar farms, and solar gardens.
  • Going Solar Info Kits. These are free at our community events.
  • Educational Workshops, Panel Presentations & Tours

To sign up for our Newsletters and E-Announcements, just send an email to nebraskansforsolar@gmail.com with “subscribe” in the subject line.     

LEGISLATION


2017 Nebraska Legislature: Energy-Related Bills,
Hearings and Committees
                                    

 


OPPORTUNITIES 

  • New round of Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant applications now open.
    The Rural Energy for America Program provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements.
  • The SunShot Initiative’s Solar in Your Community Challenge is a is a prize competition that aims to expand solar electricity access to all Americans, especially underserved segments such as low- and moderate-income households, state, local, and tribal governments, and nonprofit organizations. In order to make solar more accessible and inclusive for every American, the challenge works to spur the development of new and innovative financial and business models that serve non-rooftop solar users such as community solar.
  • SolSmart is a no-cost technical assistance program for local governments designed to drive greater solar deployment and help make it possible for even more American homes and businesses to access affordable and renewable solar energy to meet their electricity needs. SolSmart supports the goals of the SunShot Initiative to make it faster, cheaper, and easier to go solar.
  • The Solar Foundation administers the Solar Training Networka national program focused on growing and strengthening the U.S. solar workforce. If you are a solar employer or training provider interested in joining the Solar Training Network, visit: SolarTrainingUSA.org.
  • The Community College Gap Assistance Program offers financial aid to community college students taking non-credit courses that could lead to jobs in high-need fields. Eligible fields include renewable energy. Qualifying applicants are low-income students who would not be eligible for federal financial aid because, although they’re enrolled in college, they are not enrolled in courses for credit that lead directly to a degree. More information is posted here.
  • Community Solar Technical Assistance Opportunity: The nonprofit Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)  provides technical assistance to parties currently pursuing or interested in pursuing a community solar program. Apply online to be considered for this opportunity. SEPA approved the first applications on April 8, 2016. This opportunity will remain open through 2017, and applicants will be considered on a rolling basis.  Click here for additional details and the link to the online application form.

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