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
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- New Center for Rural Affairs Report: Link To Rural Development And A Renewable Future
- Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association President Tim Dwight Visits Omaha
- Turning to turbines: As commodity prices remain low, wind leases offer a welcome source of income for farmers
- Community Solar project begins in Scottsbluff
- Central Community College recognized for going green
- USDA Makes Investments To Support 40 Nebraska Renewable Energy And Energy Efficiency Projects
- As Fort Calhoun nuclear plant closes, OPPD weighs its future in renewable energy
- Town supports solar energy
- U.S. Department of Energy’s National Community Solar Partnership & Challenge – Nebraskans for Solar’s Public Forum
- SunWise – NPPD’s Pilot Community Solar Program
- Omaha utility to buy 400MW capacity from Berkshire by June
- With projects popping up across Nebraska, future of solar power brightens
- Cornhusker looking at renewable energy options
- Calling for commitment to renewable energy
- Meeting focuses on solar projects
- South Sioux City deserves praise for diverse energy strategy
- Congressman praises Husker Solar Power
- Nebraska Solar Schools Launches Adopt-A-School Program
- Scottsbluff solar project one step closer to reality
- Lexington enters into solar energy partnership
- Nebraska Among 16 States Awarded Department of Energy Grants to Develop Innovative Clean Energy Initiatives
- LES plans to dedicate solar park
- Beatrice Renewable Energy Projects Soon to be Reviewed
- APEX plans include 300-megawatt wind facility in Saline and Fillmore counties. This will be their first project in Nebraska.
- The City of Fremont’s continued search for energy diversification
- Solar Power On The Rise in Nebraska
- The Heartland of America is ‘100% Clean Energy Ready’
- Why going green is growing on U.S. farmers – Nebraskans Featured on PBS NewsHour
- 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.org. Funded 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.
- Americans strongly favor expanding solar power to help address costs and environmental concerns
- New U.S. Department of Energy Report: Revolution Now: The Future Arrives for Five Clean Energy Technologies – 2016 Update
- Report: States stand to gain if corporations have better access to renewables
- New Report for Utilities Developing a Community Solar Project
- Solar Energy Is Powering New Careers And It Could Be Absorbing Coal Sector Job Losses
- GSA to request information on deploying storage in federal government buildings
- The US Has 10GW of Utility-Scale PV Projects Under Construction. It took decades to install the first 10 cumulative gigawatts of PV. Now we’re going to see that figure matched in a matter of months.
- Co-ops Prominent on Solar Energy Top 10 List
- You’ll Never Believe How Cheap New Solar Power Is
- New U.S. Map Shows Where Companies Can Buy Renewable Energy Through The Grid
- NFS Takes Whimsical Clubhouse Off the Grid. Great fundraising project for schools and nonprofits, for a sale or auction.
- How much does a PV system currently cost in Nebraska?
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.