Celebrate Solar in Nebraska! Workshops & Other Educational & Fun Events
Jun 1 – Jun 30 all-day

Nebraskans for Solar is promoting rural and urban solar energy workshops & other events that will take place from June 1st to June 30th to celebrate Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial, the summer solstice and solar energy development in our state!

If you are a member of one of the following groups, please join the effort by volunteering to host or co-host an educational and fun event for adults only or all ages:

  • Utility companies, municipalities and rural electric cooperatives
  • Solar developers and installers
  • Nonprofits that advocate for more solar energy in Nebraska


In your description, include:

  • Event title, date, time, and location.
  • MapQwest link or brief directions.
  • Email or telephone number for questions or directions, in case someone gets lost.
  • What attendees should bring if anything.
  • Photo attached as a jpeg or png (optional).

Email the above information to NFS’s Events Team Coordinator, Helen Deffenbacher at, and your event will be posted on our calendar asap. 

Several more suggestions:

  • Post your event on your website and online community calendars, or send / email invitations to members of your community. 
  • If you plan to include food at your event, you may want to ask everyone to bring their own picnic lunches, blankets or lawn chairs.
  • Provide the drinks, such as sun tea and lemonade.
  • If your event is for all ages, you may want to plan one or more fun activities for kids and ask older youth to lead them. You’ll find several ideas, below, and many more free projects and activities at Nebraska Solar Schools’ website:


Community Solar for Low- and Moderate-Income Consumers: Clean Energy States Alliance Webinar
Jun 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Because community solar can be made accessible to renters and can include flexible terms, it holds promise for spreading the benefits of solar to low- and moderate-income (LMI) consumers. In this webinar, Kelly Roache, Senior Program Manager at Solstice, and David Miller, Senior Vice President at Alpine Bank, will present two financially sustainable models for making community solar more available to LMI consumers. Register here.

Utility-Driven Solar Projects for Low-Income Customers: Clean Energy States Alliance Webinar
Jun 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Some utilities have begun developing solar projects specifically to serve low-income customers and underrepresented neighborhoods. This webinar features two utility pilot projects that are installing solar panels on rooftops in low-income neighborhoods.

Paul Tyno of Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus will present on National Grid’s Fruit Belt Neighborhood Solar Partnership, a project which is installing 500kW of rooftop solar in the Fruit Belt neighborhood of Buffalo.

David Castro of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will discuss LADWP’s Solar Rooftops Program, which is installing up to 1MW of residential rooftop solar in Los Angeles, California.

Register here

The 28th Annual Energy Fair in Custer, Wisconsin
Jun 16 – Jun 18 all-day

Each year, The Energy Fair brings over 13,000 attendees together to learn about clean energy and sustainability, connect with others, and take action towards a sustainable future. The Fair features over 250 workshops and over 200 exhibitors, with live music, inspiring keynotes, and activities for the whole family. Hosted by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association in Central Wisconsin, The Energy Fair is the longest-running event of its kind in the nation.

The Energy Fair features:

  • Over 200 exhibitors –  sustainable living and clean energy products

  • Over 250 workshops – beginner to advanced hands-on education

  • Clean Transportation Show – featuring exhibitors, vehicles and demos

  • Green Building Demos – sustainable building techniques in action

  • Inspirational keynotes, lively entertainment, great food and local beer

Location: The Energy Fair is located in Custer, Wisconsin, 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 Energy Fair since 2002.

Click here for more information.

Solar and Pollinators: Learn the Latest – Fresh Energy Webinar
Jun 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Join Dr. Karen Oberhauser of Monarch Joint Venture and Fresh Energy’s Rob Davis for a webinar to discuss the science and safety of photovoltaic solar and the growing trend of planting pollinator habitat under and around ground-mounted solar panels.  In 2016 alone, nearly 2,500 acres of solar sites in Minnesota and Wisconsin were seeded with millions of native flowers and grasses.

Dr. Karen Oberhauser, one of the world’s foremost experts on monarchs, will discuss the risk of monarch extinction within our lifetimes and the inter-agency and public/private partnerships implementing habitat conservation and restoration measures.

Rob Davis will discuss Fresh Energy’s pioneering work in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Bee Lab, Monarch Joint Venture, the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont, and others to establish standards as to what constitutes “pollinator friendly solar.” Rob will delve into the history of how pollinator-friendly solar was imported from the United Kingdom, where it is a common practice. Rob will outline how Fresh Energy, Audubon Minnesota, and the Minnesota Corn Growers Association built a bipartisan coalition of support for a statewide standard for vegetation on solar sites.

20 minutes will be reserved for a Q&A. Send your questions ahead of time to or message them to presenters during the webinar. REGISTER HERE.

About the presenters

Dr. Karen Oberhauser of Monarch Joint Venture is one of the world’s foremost experts on monarch butterflies, which she has been studying since 1984. Monarch Joint Venture is a partnership of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academic programs that are working together to support and coordinate efforts to protect the monarch migration across the lower 48 United States. Karen is also a professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota.


Rob Davis tells the stories of pioneering people, ideas, and organizations. As director of Media & Innovation Lab at Fresh Energy, Rob helps accelerate the nation’s transition to use of clean and renewable energy.

NPPD Plans Solar Activities for Scottsbluff Event: “Build a Better World” @ Scottsbluff Lied Public Library
Jun 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Nebraskans for Solar invited NPPD to participate in “Celebrate Solar in Nebraska.”
The announcement, below, was written by Terry Rajewich at NPPD.
Please note the time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. MST

NPPD is partnering with the Scottsbluff Lied Public Library, which has an event scheduled on June 28th that fits nicely with renewable energy and is also close to the summer solstice. The event’s theme is “Build a Better World.”

Jennifer Swerczek, NPPD Energy Educator, will assist me at NPPD’s booth with educating an estimated 300-500 children ages 3-12 and their parents about renewable energy. We will have a display of Scottsbluff’s Community Solar Project for participants to view, and additional solar education materials.

Activities planned for the event:
Solar Race Cars
Solar panels and motors to build circuits
Larger solar panel display
Other fun activities

What to bring? Comfortable shoes, suntan lotion, bug spray.

Following the event, we will provide directions and invite participants to drive by the community solar project, instead of touring it, as it is located on a busy highway.

The event will be publicized in NPPD’s Currents Newsletter, which will be distributed to all NPPD customers via a billing insert during the month of June. NPPD will also provide a media release prior to the day of the event.

Questions? Please contact: Terry Rajewich – Telephone 308-641-0621 

SAVE THE DATE! Nebraskans for Solar’s July Public Forum: “Renewable & Sustainable Initiatives in Lincoln” @ UNO's Community Engagement Center, 64th & Dodge, Combined Rooms 201 & 205
Jul 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Please join Nebraskans for Solar for another public forum that is part of our series of educational workshops, presentations and tours. Our July speakers will be:

  • Frank Uhlarik, Manager of Cleaner Greener Lincoln, an initiative created by Mayor Chris Beutler in 2009. He will discuss innovative sustainability initiatives in the greater Lincoln area, including solar, wind, and energy efficiency programs and projects already in-the-works and planned.

  • Marc Shkolnick, Manager of Energy Services at Lincoln Electric System: “From rooftop solar to virtual net-metering, customers have engaged with LES to design a variety of options to meet diverse interests and needs. Learn about the journey that one of the state’s largest municipal power providers has undertaken to serve its customer-owners with new renewable and sustainable Initiatives.” Lincoln Electric System’s Sustainable Energy Program.

The public is invited to all our educational workshops, including middle- and high-school students interested in learning more about renewable energy and sustainability.

Refreshments will be served. Reserved parking is available in the lot in front of the Community Engagement Center, near the tall Durham bell tower. Just let the kiosk attendant know you’re there for the Nebraskans for Solar event.

LES Sustainable Living Festival
Jul 29 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Mark your calendar for LES’ annual Sustainable Living Festival.

Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Railyard, West Haymarket

View details of last year’s event at 


Eminent Domain – World Premiere of an Omaha Playwright’s Work @ Omaha Community Playhouse
Aug 25 @ 7:30 pm – Sep 17 @ 7:30 pm

By Laura Leininger-Campbell, Directed by Amy Lane

Does oil run thicker than blood? Or will a pipeline splitting the prairie tear a family apart? A 2016 Eugene O’Neil National Playwrights’ Conference finalist, originally conceived for Shelterbelt Theatre’s Before the Boards series, Eminent Domain tells a relevant story of a Nebraska family farm threatened by the construction of an oil pipeline and the ensuing conflict that emerges within.

On the surface, Eminent Domain exposes the hard-fought battle between Nebraska farmers and corporate energy. Dig deeper and the greater struggle is revealed: the fight to preserve our Heartland’s farms and the livelihood of the people who live here. Our most crucial resource is not just the land we are privileged to attend with cracked and calloused hands—it is our kin, our clan and our heritage.

Visit the Omaha Community Playhouse’s website for more information about this world premiere of an Omaha playwright’s work.


2017 Energy Fair in Minnesota @ Harriet Island Park
Sep 9 – Sep 10 all-day

Solar Professional Pre-Fair Day on Sept. 8 

FREE Workshops & Exhibits! All Access Passes Now on Sale 

About the Energy Fair

Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) is sponsoring the Energy Fair in the Twin Cities. Workshops and exhibits will be FREE and open to the public, and All Access Passes will include music, featured speakers, solar professional workshops, and the pre-fair Solar Professional Day on September 8. MREA Members and Hardcore Volunteers receive a free All Access Pass to the Minnesota Fair.

You are invited to exhibitpresent a workshop, or sponsor at this event!

 2017 Schedule of Events
 Energy Fair Tickets