WELCOME TO NEBRASKANS FOR SOLAR
Thank you to everyone who contributed to Nebraskans for Solar during Omaha Community Foundation’s annual 24-hour Omaha Gives Campaign! Your gifts will make a difference in our efforts to bring more solar energy education and development to Nebraska, in partnership with many other nonprofit organizations and individuals like you! Please come to our June 8th, 7p.m. event at UNO’s Community Engagement Center and take home a small gift from all of us at Nebraskans for Solar: 12-ounce bags of delicious, Fair Trade solar-roast coffee.
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Lincoln Electric System has posted a series of photos showing progress on the nearly
5-MW SunShares Community Solar Project – View them here.
SAVE THE DATE! President & CEO Tim Burke will present a forum hosted by Nebraskans for Solar on June 8th at UNO’s Community Engagement Center. The public is invited.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMUNITIES & INDIVIDUALS
- Free Nebraska Workshops for Innovative Clean Energy Businesses, Nebraska Energy Office Flyer (PDF)
- 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. The program begins July 1st. More information is posted here.
- Your community can become SolSmart! SolSmart is a national recognition and a no-cost technical assistance program for local governments designed to drive greater solar deployment and reduce costs. To learn more, click 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 – Click titles to access each one.
Proposed 5-Acre Fremont Community Solar Farm
Public Release: “Planning for Future, OPPD Management Recommends Ceasing Operations At Fort Calhoun Station”
Looking for a summer educational project? Check out Solar Energy International’s Free Online Course
NFS Takes Whimsical Clubhouse Off the Grid
Nation’s Fastest-Growing Job Only for Those Who Like to Get High
The Heartland of America is ‘100% Clean Energy Ready’
“Why going green is growing on U.S. farmers” – Nebraskans Interviewed on PBS NewsHour
Nebraska’s Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Law
How much does a PV system currently cost in Nebraska?
About our organization
Nebraskans for Solar 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 Nebraskans for Solar status as a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization.
Our mission is to work with other statewide nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, businesses and individuals to create 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 launches this fall. 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 all our community events.
- Educational Workshops, Panel Presentations & Tours
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, one of four demonstration houses in our Solar Powering Affordable Housing Program.
Photo collage of the 2013 Omaha solar tour. Click the photo to enlarge.