Save the date! Free Workshop February 12th at 7 p.m. – UNO’s Community Engagement Center, 64th & Dodge Street, Room 201. Our speaker will be Michael Shonka, owner of Solar Heat and Electric, who has been designing, installing, and maintaining solar and wind energy systems since 1983. His topic will be the recently-commissioned solar farm in Central City and other solar projects he has completed or is working on.
Nebraskans for Solar (NFS) was incorporated as a public interest, nonprofit organization in August 2012. Between December 2012 and June 2014 we were a fiscally sponsored project of the Omaha Community Foundation. In June 2014 the IRS awarded NFS status as a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization. We are a completely volunteer organization, and so 100% of all contributions support our solar projects.
Our mission is to develop solar energy projects in partnership with other local nonprofits that build and rehabilitate low-income housing or provide shelters for homeless women, children, and men. We also partner with local schools and places like schools such as museums, zoos, and science and nature centers to educate school age children and the general public about the benefits of solar energy, including economic development, human health, and environmental benefits.
Nebraskans for Solar and Habitat for Humanity of Omaha installed this solar hot water system (equivalent to a 3-kW photovoltaic system or twelve 250-watt solar panels) on a South Omaha Habitat for Humanity home in August 2014. This was one of four demonstration houses in our Solar for Low-Income Families Program, from which we’ve developed our Solar Trainee & Mentorship Program.
Photo collage of the 2013 Omaha solar tour. Click the photo to enlarge.