National Clean Energy Week
Sep 25 – Sep 29 all-day

Leading clean energy organizations have announced their participation in the first annual National Clean Energy Week, which will take place from September 25-29, 2017.

National Clean Energy Week will bring together industry associations, businesses, non-profits, and advocates in the clean energy space for activities in Washington, D.C. and across America to showcase how they are helping to make the industry stronger, and influence the discussion around common sense clean energy solutions that directly address America’s need for abundant, reliable forms of energy.

Learn How You Can Get Involved
Highlight your organization’s work by becoming a National Clean Energy Week Partner. Signing up is easy and involves hosting an event or promoting National Clean Energy Week through a preexisting or new program in your home state or city in September.
Learn more about clean energy and help spread the word to elected officials in Washington and your state capital via email, letters to editors and social media to raise awareness of the benefits of, and need for, clean energy.

Clean Energy States Alliance Webinar: Energy Storage for Rural Affordable Housing: The McKnight Lane Redevelopment Project
Sep 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


This webinar will provide operational and economic updates on the McKnight Lane Redevelopment Project, a rural solar+storage affordable housing project that has been in operation since October 2016.

The all-electric, net-zero homes demonstrate how behind-the-meter solar PV and battery storage systems can bring economic benefits and energy security to tenants, while simultaneously enabling utilities to manage peak energy demand and reduce costs for all customers. Read more about this project at:


  • Peter Schneider, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
  • Craig Ferreira, Green Mountain Power


ToddOlinsky-Paul, Clean Energy States Alliance

This webinar is presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) for the Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP).

ESTAP is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity and Sandia National Laboratories. Learn more at


Sierra Club Program: “Recent Developments in Sustainable & Responsible Investing” @ First United Methodist Church - Enter North Door
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

With Tyler Mainquist, CFP, CAP, CLTC

Socially responsible investing (SRI) is an investment strategy seeking to consider both financial return and social good when making investment choices.  In the 1970s, SRI was used to help force an end to apartheid in South Africa. Since the 1990s, SRI has been used to address environmental concerns including climate change, as well as other social impacts such as social justice and human rights. One report says that as of year-end 2015, more than one out of every five dollars under professional management in the US was invested according to SRI strategies.

Tyler Mainquist, NE Sierra Club Board Member and professional financial advisor, will give us a brief overview of SRI, and provide an update on socially responsible investing principles and practices that will help audience members in making their financial investment decisions.

This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments provided.

Elders for the Earth: A Retreat in the Spirit of Chautauqua @ Mahoney State Park
Oct 1 – Oct 4 all-day

A multi-day interdisciplinary gathering including fellowship, lectures, music, the arts, being in nature and even some fun in the midst of the climate crisis. The climate crisis is both a challenge and an opportunity for those who are concerned about the world our children and grandchildren will inherit. Local elders are coming together to learn and share our collective wisdom in interactive, fun and creative community-building ways.

Geared to those 50 and older, but all are welcome.
Begins afternoon of October 1st and ends before noon on October 4th. Come when you can, leave when you must. Single day or full retreat registration will be available.

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Free CSVP Webinar: What Makes the Biggest Difference in Achieving Community Solar Success?
Oct 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

In this live webinar, leaders from the Community Solar Value Project will be joined by one of the utility industry’s top journalists, Herman K. Trabish.

The speakers will take a look at CSVP’s new Solutions Toolkit, which offers practical approaches in the six top challenge areas that CSVP has identified through its work with utility partners. The toolkit includes some familiar analytic methods and guides that CSVP has field tested this year, and also brand-new resources to help utility program designers to make community solar better.

CSVP’s Jill Cliburn and John Powers will share case studies to illustrate their best-practice picks. Herman Trabish will offer a fresh outside perspective, entering into the discussion with case studies he has reported for the online news site, Utility Dive, as well as other prominent news outlets.

Besides looking inside the machinery of successful community solar programs, the speakers will discuss the question of what kinds of policies most help–or hurt–community solar program innovation. Don’t miss this xciting webinar and discussion!


About the Community Solar Value Project

The Community Solar Value Project (CSVP) offers free webinars to share information about the project and community solar efforts across the country. CSVP is powered by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Solar Market Pathways Program.

“Solar Group Buy” Roundtable Discussion @ UNO Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, Rooms 201 & 205
Oct 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Nebraskans for Solar Board Members Helen and Ken Deffenbacher, who are having a solar PV system and the ConnectDER installed on their home, and Don Preister, President of Green Bellevue, who installed a ground-mounted solar system last December, will facilitate a roundtable discussion on the benefits of organizing local Solar Group Buy Campaigns in the greater Omaha area and other Nebraska communities. There are two main types of Solar Group Buy Programs, also called Solarize™ Programs: Those led by nonprofits and ones led by solar installers. We will discuss both—plus a third variation.

Who should attend? 

  • Everyone who is planning on going solar or considering it.
  • Anyone who would just like to learn more about solar energy.
  • Solar Ambassadors: People who have already installed solar on their homes and businesses and are willing to serve as resource persons to others in the group.
  • Installers and nonprofits from the greater Omaha area who would like to help launch an Omaha Solar Group Buy, or Solarize™ Program.
  • Installers and nonprofits from other Nebraska communities who would like to help launch a Solar Group Buy, or Solarize™ Campaign in your own city or town.
  • Local utility representatives willing to serve as resource persons to the group on the process of installing solar, and provide information on new technology such as batteries and the ConnectDER device, which OPPD has approved for use on certain Distributive Energy Resources (DER), including solar installations.

Refreshments will be served. Parking is available in the lot in front of the Community Engagement Center and adjacent lots. Please join us and contribute to the discussion!

10th Annual Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference & Exhibition @ Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel
Nov 13 – Nov 14 all-day

About the Conference & Exhibition

Shaped by volunteers from state agencies, farmer and rancher organizations, public power utilities, and higher education professionals since 2008, the Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference is a two-day event that brings together people united by their passion for advancing Nebraska’s wind and solar industry.

They come to network, learn and be inspired by quality speakers and timely presentations. Over 300 people are expected to attend the 10th Annual Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference in Lincoln on November 13-14, 2017. The organizers encourage participants to take advantage of the early registration discounts. Industry related companies should also consider exhibiting at or sponsoring the event.

Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference Website
Sponsor / Exhibitor Information