Tribal Energy Webinar: Understanding the Power Grid and Organized Markets
May 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Image credit: U.S. Department of Energy

The DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs and the Western Area Power Administration will co-sponsor the 2018 webinar series: Tribal Sovereignty and Self-Determination through Community Energy Development. The series is intended for tribal leaders, tribal staff, and others interested in energy development in Indian Country.

During the May webinar, attendees will learn about transmission markets, management, and ownership structures; interconnection request processes and timelines; transmission planning and operations; and fundamentals of the power grid.

Due to the ongoing changes in organized energy markets, this webinar will update and build on the September 2017 webinar, Fundamentals of Organized Energy Markets for Tribes.

Attendees will learn about ongoing changes with the Southwest Power Pool and California Independent System Operator that will create greater opportunities for tribes to sell and buy energy.

Register for the webinar here. If you cannot attend the live webinars, you can access recordings and slides of past webinars.

FREE! Joslyn Castle Hosting Castlepalooza Community Festival – Nebraskans for Solar Among Groups Sponsoring Activities @ Joslyn Castle
Jun 2 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Joslyn Castle events organizers are inviting friends and neighbors to a FREE community festival on June 2nd from 4 to 10 pm! Castlepalooza will be a fun event for the whole family on the grounds of the historic 5.5 acre estate.

There will be local Americana grassroots music, activities for families, local vendors, food trucks and craft beer. Organizers are looking to attract thousands of people to the Joslyn Castle estate for a fun evening on Joslyn Castle’s historic grounds.

Nebraskans for Solar and Nebraska Solar Schools volunteers will sponsor an activity table where people of all ages will be invited to paint one of four flower sun catchers using water-base acrylic paint markers.

Attendees are encouraged to leave their vehicles at home and to walk, run, or bike to Castlepalooza. The day’s events include a self-guided bike tour of the historic Gold Coast neighborhood, hosted in partnership with Mode Shift Omaha!

More information is available here.
Admission is FREE!

Kelli Bello

The 2018 Energy Fair in Custer, Wisconsin @ Midwest Renewable Energy Association Campus
Jun 15 – Jun 17 all-day

About The Energy Fair
Now in its 29th year, The Energy Fair brings people together to learn about clean energy and sustainability, connect with others, and take action towards a sustainable future. The Fair features interactive workshops, exhibitors, live music, inspiring keynote speakers, family fun, great local food, and more. Organized by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, The Energy Fair is the longest-running event of its kind in the nation. People who attend are empowered to support renewable energy, efficiency, and sustainable living including home and land owners, educators, energy professionals, architects, builders, contractors, utilities, environmental advocates, and unions.

 The Energy Fair features:

Location & Hours
The Energy Fair in Custer, Wisconsin is held at the Midwest Renewable Energy Association campus, 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.

2018 Dates and Hours
FRI, JUNE 15 – 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
SAT, JUNE 16 – 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
SUN, JUNE 17 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

7558 Deer Road
Custer, WI 54423
Google Map

FAQs and more here.

About the Midwest Renewable Energy Association
In addition to The Energy Fair, the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) manages one of the country’s top solar training programs and coordinates partnerships throughout the Midwest to expand the renewable energy market. In 2009, MREA opened a second office in Milwaukee to better serve the urban and suburban areas of southeast Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Then in 2015, MREA expanded its reach to Minnesota with a Saint Paul office.

“Solar Energy” Will Be Green Bellevue’s July Meeting Topic @ Nebraska Medicine - Bellevue, Lower Level, Conference Room A
Jul 8 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Our allied organization, Green Bellevue, is planning a public forum on solar energy for their July 8, 2018 meeting from 1:30 to 3pm at Nebraska Medicine-Bellevue, Lower Level.

Additional details will be posted here, or visit:

Solar Design and Installation Hands-On Workshop: Nebraska Extension In Partnership with Dixon Power Systems @ Dixon Power Systems
Jul 9 – Jul 13 all-day


This workshop is open to the public.

John Hay – Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Jon Dixon – Dixon Power Systems

Who Should Attend

  • People interested in hands-on experience with solar PV design and installation
  • Those who want to experience the design and installation of a residential solar PV array 
  • People interested in learning more about economics and modeling of residential and business applications for solar electric systems

Cost: $450 for the week
Deadline: Registration and payment due by Friday June 29th
Dates: July 9th – July 13th
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (half day on Friday)
Workshop Location 
Dixon Power Systems
3250 N. 20th, Suite #1
Lincoln, NE 68521
Work Site Location
Ceresco, Nebraska
Registration Link
Contact: F. John Hay| (402) 472-0408

Workshop Content

  • Introduction to Solar PV electronics and components
  • Basics of electricity, measuring, tools and safety
  • Solar siting – where to locate the panels, sun angles
  • Capabilities and limitations of solar PV
  • Electrical codes, state and federal policy, tax credits and economics
  • Building a rack
  • Attaching inverters and other components
  • Grounding and other wiring
  • Wire management and final appearance
  • Working with your utility and electrical inspector to complete grid interconnection



Coalition for Community Solar Access: Community Solar Power Summit @ Radisson Blu in Downtown Minneapolis
Jul 18 – Jul 19 all-day

Community Solar: The next big renewable energy market

The Community Solar Power Summit, produced by the Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA), brings together leading community solar businesses, utilities, non-profits, and policymakers for an exclusive two-day event — featuring in-depth conversations with national community solar thought leaders from CCSA, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), and other industry leaders, along with sessions on current trends and policies, and targeted matchmaking and networking opportunities.

Click here to learn more. 

Register Here.

2018 REcharge Academy in Harrisonburg, Virginia – Scholarship Applications Deadline May 31st
Jul 23 – Jul 27 all-day

The REcharge Academy, a week-long renewable energy training workshop, is a unique opportunity for educators to learn about wind and solar power. The intensive training blends lectures from experts and tours of energy facilities with replicable, hands-on K-12 lessons to give educators content as well as context.

After successfully completing an Academy, attendees become REcharge Instructors and are certified to teach REcharge programs in their own areas.

Scholarships are available! The scholarship deadline is May 31. Educators may also be interested in the DOE’s Wind for Schools project and the Wind for Schools portal for wind curricula and data from school wind turbines.

Lincoln Electric System’s 2018 Sustainable Living Festival @ The Railyard, West Haymarket
Jul 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

View details of last year’s event at Save the date! More information will be posted here as it becomes available. Nebraskans for Solar and Nebraska Solar Schools will participate in the festival again this year and will provide information for homeowners and businesses considering going solar and hands-on solar energy activities for K-12 students to take home.

Tour The Winnebago Tribe’s New Solar Farm And More Renewable Energy Sites
Aug 11 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sponsored by Nebraskans for Solar
Hosted by Robert Byrnes, Owner of Nebraska Renewable Energy Systems and  Winnebago Community’s Sustainability Coordinator

When: August 11, 2018 from 11am to 3pm, or for as long as you want to stay.
Where: We’ll meet at the Winnebago Solar Farm at 11am for a tour, discussion,
Q&A and lunch–and then visit more sites.

Nebraska Renewable Energy Systems, the Winnebago Community, and Ho-Chunk Inc, the tribe’s award-winning economic corporation, are developing one of the largest renewable energy infrastructures in the state. They’ve installed solar arrays at 14 sites.

In addition to the solar farm at the north end of the community, shown in the above photo, solar sites also include the Tribal Pow Wow Grounds, Winnebago Senior Center, and the Senior Housing Complex in Ho-Chunk Village. The development also includes wind turbine replacement for Little Priest Tribal College.

Please bring your lunch and lawn chairs. Nebraskans for Solar will provide a
variety of cold drinks and desserts. Carpoolers will get an extra dessert.

Questions? Contact tour organizers Helen and Ken Deffenbacher and Rita Corell:

The Winnebago Community’s Renewable Energy Development A Part of Overall Mission,
by Sam Burrish, Communications Manager, Ho-Chunk, Inc.

NFS Fall Events Begin With A Panel Discussion On The Husker Power Plan & Local Renewable Energy Development @ UNO Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, Rooms 230 & 231
Sep 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Matt Gregory, Clean Energy Advocate for the Nebraska Wildlife Federation, is organizing a panel presentation and Q&A on The Husker Power Plan and local renewable energy development. Please save the date and join us!

The Husker Power Plan, the consultants’ report, and information about endorsing it can be found at

Questions or comments? Contact Matt Gregory: