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Jun
3
Mon
Solar Showcase: Lincoln Solar Project
Jun 3 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

 

Hosted by Conservation Nebraska and Nebraskans for Solar.

Missed our last tour of Lincoln’s community solar facility?

Join us on Monday, June 3rd at 5pm when LES’s Scott Benson will be leading another tour of this incredible project! Constructed by Enerpac, this solar facility includes 15,333 solar panels that produce enough energy to power about 900 homes in Lincoln. We will meet in the driveway in front of the main gate. Parking is limited so the more people who can carpool the better.

This event is free and open to the public. Participants must sign waiver before entering the site.

Click here for additional details, including directions, and to sign up.

Jun
4
Tue
Conservation Nebraska Screening Documentary: “Paris to Pittsburgh” @ South of Downtown Community Development Organization
Jun 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Conservation Nebraska is hosting a free screening of the documentary, Paris to Pittsburgh: The Climate for Change is Now, as a part of their monthly Common Ground Food & Film Series in partnership with the South of Downtown Community Development Organization and Nebraskans for Solar.

From coastal cities to America’s Heartland, Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. Join us to hear their stories in this National Geographic film. Check out the trailer here.

This event is free and open to the public. Chips and salsa generously provided by Pepe’s Kitchen!

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Conservation Nebraska’s Common Ground Food & Film Series occurs on the first Tuesday of each month at the South of Downtown Community Development Organization, 1247 S 11th Street, in Lincoln.

Jun
9
Sun
Green Bellevue June Program: Community Solar @ Bellevue University, Hitchcock Humanities Center, Room 202
Jun 9 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Hear from presenter Tricia McKnight about OPPD’s new Community Solar Program and from Cliff Mesner about community solar success  stories throughout Nebraska. More information coming soon! 

Jun
21
Fri
The Energy Fair in Custer, Wisconsin – Organized by Midwest Renewable Energy Association
Jun 21 – Jun 23 all-day

Celebrate the summer solstice at The 30th Anniversary Energy Fair

Register to exhibit by February 15th for 10% off.
Submit a workshop proposal by February 5th for FREE camping.

About The Energy Fair

Organized by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, The Energy Fair is the nation’s longest-running event of its kind and brings over 10,000 attendees together to learn about sustainability and clean energy, connect with others, and take action toward a sustainable future.

The Energy Fair features:

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The Energy Fair in Custer, Wisconsin is seven miles east of Stevens Point. Nestled in the heart of Central Wisconsin, Custer is surrounded by rolling hills, lakes, trout streams, and beautiful woodlands. Custer has been the home of the Fair since 2002. The Energy Fair in Custer, Wisconsin is seven miles east of Stevens Point. Nestled in the heart of Central Wisconsin, Custer is surrounded by rolling hills, lakes, trout streams, and beautiful woodlands. Custer has been the home of the Fair since 2002. Google Map

Dates and Hours
Friday,  June 21 – 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
Saturday, June 22 – 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday, June 23 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Perspectives on 30 Years of Clean Energy Education

Jul
27
Sat
2019 LES Sustainable Living Festival @ The Railyard
Jul 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

Description
LES’ signature summer event is back! The ninth-annual Sustainable Living Festival brings us together with community partners in downtown Lincoln to deliver an interactive, family-friendly event.

You and your family will discover easy ways to take care of our environment from local experts.

More information coming soon!

FAQs

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Not at all.

Does it cost anything to attend?

Nope! It’s free.

Learn more and register here.

Sep
12
Thu
Nebraskans for Solar’s September Speaker: David Bracht, Attorney With Kutak Rock and Former Nebraska Energy Office Director @ UNO's Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, Rooms 201 & 205
Sep 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Co-Sponsored by Green Bellevue, Conservation Nebraska,
OTOC’s Environmental Sustainability Action Team 


David Bracht will provide an overview of Nebraska’s wind and solar development and our state’s potential for future growth.

Specific topics will include:

  • power purchase agreements
  • virtual power purchase agreements
  • commercial and industrial use of solar
  • the potential for combined solar and battery installations
  • incentives and depreciation

David Bracht, Attorney with the U.S. law firm Kutak Rock, advises clients involved in renewable energy development including biofuels, biomass, solar and wind energy, as well as lenders, power companies and government agencies supporting renewable energy development.

David works with companies, service providers and other public agencies focused on improving energy efficiency to reduce energy use and cost. He counsels producers, agribusinesses and other businesses involved in production and processing of agriculture products, along with lenders, insurers and other firms supporting the production of food, fiber and fuel from agriculture processes.

He has more than 35 years’ experience in business, government and law, including private legal practice and senior executive experience in private industry and federal and state government agencies.

Most recently, David served as Director of the Nebraska Energy Office and a member of the cabinet of Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts from January 2015 to August 2018.  During his service as Nebraska Energy Director, total solar facilities statewide expanded from an estimated 1-2 megawatts to more than 30-40 megawatts and total wind facilities in Nebraska nearly doubled and the current 1.97 gigawatts is nearly triple those operating in 2014.

This event is free and open to the public. Please join us and bring a friend! Refreshments will be provided. Reserved parking is available in the lot in front of the Community Engagement Center, near the Durham Bell Tower. Enter at the kiosk and let the attendant know you are a Nebraskans for Solar guest.

Recommended Reading
Nebraska gains as wind power grows, by David Bracht, The Grand Island Independent. Bolstered by more than $3.5 billion in private investment, close to 2,000 Nebraskans work in wind today. In fact, Yahoo Finance recently reported that “wind turbine service technician” is the fastest growing job in our state. Those jobs, and the option for young people to return home, bring new life to communities that have been suffering population decline for decades. Wind farms adding 10, 15 and sometimes 25 new good-paying jobs has had a dramatic impact, especially in Nebraska’s small towns. Look to towns like Petersburg, Elgin, Allen, and Neligh for just a few examples.

Sep
23
Mon
National Clean Energy Week
Sep 23 – Sep 27 all-day

 

Across America, clean and readily abundant forms of energy are powering more than homes and businesses. They are also driving a clean energy renaissance that is creating jobs, strengthening America’s national security, and preserving our environment.

National Clean Energy Week was conceived in 2017 with the goal of advancing support of our nation’s energy sector through new methods of market development, policy change, and technological innovation. Join us in Washington, D.C. in September, or host an event in your hometown, to show your support of commonsense solutions that address America’s economic and energy needs in the 21st Century. Together, we will harness the power of free market and government collaboration to move America forward.

Find more information and ways to participate here:

  • National Clean Energy Week Sponsors
  • Interested in hosting an event? Want to learn more? Read our FAQ.
  • Become a participating organization.
  • Download your official NCEW logos to use on your organization’s website, in newsletters, and on social media to enhance your participation.
  • Share Your Photos, Videos, and Stories
    Please send photos or videos from your event, meeting, or activity to us, as well as any stories or testimonials you’d like to share. Visit our share/upload page, or just e-mail us at BRGNCEW@blackrockgrp.com. We try to share as many photos, videos, and stories on our social media platforms, in our videos, and on our website as possible! Don’t forget to use hashtags on social media #NCEW18 and #CleanEnergyWeek.
  • Sign Up for Free NCEW Supplies
    Organizations can receive up to 25 stickers, bag clips, reusable tote bags, pens, and more – for free! Boxes are limited so sign up now.

Find more resources here.

Oct
8
Tue
Nebraskans for Solar Community Forum: Align Your Principal with Your Principles – Investing in a Clean Energy Economy @ UNO's Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, Rooms 201 and 205
Oct 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Our speaker will be Tyler Mainquist, CFP®, ChFC®, CAP®, CLTC
Financial Advisor, Central Financial Services, Lincoln

This presentation will provide practical methods for implementing sustainable, responsible and impact (SRI) investing — including how to avoid carbon-intensive and other polluting industries, and instead support companies that are working to reduce, mitigate, and/or adapt to our changing global climate.

Additional material will cover recent updates re: comparisons against traditional investing, as well as the use of companies’ ESG (environmental, social, governance) data to reduce financial risk by avoiding bad corporate behavior.

Co-sponsored by Green Bellevue, Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light, Conservation Nebraska, Nebraska Sierra Club, OTOC’s Environmental Sustainability Action Team

This event is free and open to the public. Please join us and bring a friend! Refreshments will be provided. Reserved parking is available in the lot in front of the Community Engagement Center, near the Durham Bell Tower. Enter at the kiosk and let the lot attendant, who is there until 7 pm, know you are a Nebraskans for Solar guest.