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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.

David Bracht

 

SAVE THE DATE! David Bracht, Nebraska Energy Office Director, will be Nebraskans for Solar’s December 14th speaker at UNO’s Community Engagement Center. His topic: “Renewable Energy Development in Nebraska.” The public is invited.

Click here for additional details.

 

                                                        
MORE NEBRASKA NEWS

OPPORTUNITIES 

  • Free Seminar: Solar Energy in Agriculture. The seminar will focus on applications of solar PV for farms, ranches, and rural businesses. The main topics for discussion will include grid-tied solar PV, economics, basic design considerations and feasibility. Participants will learn how to use basic online tools to model their own locations and learn about economic considerations such as payback, grants, tax credits, and depreciation. Preregister by November 28, 2016.
  • 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 National Community Solar Partnership works to expand access to community solar throughout the nation, especially in low- and moderate-income households. On July 19, 2016, the White House announced a new goal to enable 1 GW of low- and moderate-income solar by 2020. Nebraskans for Solar is a member of the National Community Solar Partnership. Click the above link to find out how to join the partnership and the benefits.
  • SolSmart – A national recognition and 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 has been selected to serve as the new National Administrator of the Solar Training Network – a major new program that will help grow and strengthen the U.S. solar workforce. If you are a solar employer or training provider interested in joining the Solar Training Network, you can sign up at SolarTrainingUSA.orgFunded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, the Solar Training Network will help build the necessary infrastructure to better match workforce supply with soaring industry demand.
  • New Ruling Opens Up 400 GW Renewables Market to Rural Electric Cooperatives and Municipal Utilities. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) confirms that co-ops can buy unlimited power from PURPA-qualifying facilities. Distribution co-ops and municipal utilities are no longer constrained in their ability to source cost-competitive local power. Click here to learn more.
  • 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: Through funding support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Sunshot Initiative, the nonprofit Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), is able to provide technical assistance to parties currently pursuing or interested in pursuing a community solar program. Apply online to be considered for this opportunity. SEPA began informing the first successful applicants 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.

FEATURED POSTS

pic1Nebraskans 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, one of four demonstration houses in our Solar Powering Affordable Housing Program.

Check out solar photos by clicking here (click on any photo to view as a slide show). Click here to see photos from the 2013 Omaha solar tour. solartour2013

Photo collage of the 2013 Omaha solar tour.  Click the photo to enlarge.

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