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OPPD-funded intern has a sunny future in energy

By Jason Kuiper, OPPD NewsBlog, The Wire

Erin Cheese, a former OPPD intern, is currently a Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative

Cheese said expanding solar access, particularly to low-income households and regardless of roof space accessibility, is what she is dedicated to. In Washington, the 24-year-old is working to do just that. Nebraska and the Midwest have great potential for solar,” she said. “I want to see the partnership between those who want solar and the utilities to grow.” Cheese was in Omaha this fall talking about the National Community Solar Partnership at a conference at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Now she hopes her hometown will take part in a new SunShot Initiative program called the “Solar in Your Community Challenge.” The early application deadline was Jan. 6 and the next deadline is March 17. Read more.

As Jason Kuiper states in his article, Erin was also a former Nebraskans for Solar board member, serving for two years. Her many achievements during that time included co-founding the Creighton Energy Club with other student leaders. Nebraskans for Solar workshop attendees will recall that Erin, along with Cliff Mesner, owner of Mesner Solar Development, were co-presenters of the conference at UNO’s Community Engagement Center last October.

Solar In Your Community Challenge

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
Alumna Energized by SunShot Experience, by Kristine Rohwer, Creighton University Magazine

Alumna Energized by SunShot Experience

By Kristine Rohwer, Creighton University Magazine

The future looks bright for recent graduate Erin Cheese,
BS ’15, as she pursues her passion in the solar and renewable energy field. A double major in energy science and applied physical analysis, Cheese is currently in her second year as a junior fellow with the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, which seeks to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by 2020.

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Erin is also a former Nebraskans for Solar (NFS) board member, having served for two years. One of her many achievements was co-founding the Creighton Energy Club with other student leaders. NFS workshop attendees will recall that Erin, along with Cliff Mesner, owner of Mesner Solar Development, were co-presenters of a public forum on solar development opportunities, locally and nationally, at UNO’s Community Engagement Center on October 12, 2016. Erin’s topics included a discussion of the current SunShot initiative’s Solar In Your Community Challenge.

White House Announces New Department of Energy Initiatives – Including Solar in Your Community Challenge

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At Nebraskans for Solar’s October 12th public forum on community solar, guest speaker Erin Cheese, a Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, presented preliminary information about a planned initiative within DOE’s National Community Solar Partnership.

Today, the White House announced that the SunShot Initiative is launching the Solar In Your Community challenge to expand solar access to low- and moderate-income (LMI) households, state, local and tribal governments, and nonprofit organizations.

One hundred teams across the country will compete for cash prizes and technical assistance as they demonstrate innovative business and financial models that expand solar access to underserved groups. The teams with the most scalable, replicable solar business models will be eligible to win $1 million in final prizes, including a $500,000 grand prize.

Additionally, the Department of Energy Is:
*  Releasing an updated Best Practice Guidelines for Residential PACE Financing Programs.
*  Announcing a New Partnership to Help Improve Energy Efficiency in HUD-Assisted and Public Housing.
*  Creating a Clean Energy Compact between the Department of Energy and Historically Black Colleges and Universities to Forge a Workforce and Community Investment Program.

Click HERE to read the entire Release / Fact Sheet.

Nebraskans for Solar’s October 12th Public Forum: The Department of Energy’s National Community Solar Partnership

erin-cheese2The Department of Energy’s National Community Solar Partnership will be the topic of discussion on October 12th for Nebraskans for Solar’s first in a series of fall events at UNO’s Community Engagement Center. Erin Cheese, Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, graduate of Creighton University’s Energy Technology Program, and former Nebraskans for Solar Board member for two years will discuss the National Community Solar Partnership and how Nebraskans can get involved.

The 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. Included in Erin’s talk will be information on joining the National Community Solar Partnership and the benefits. Learn more and see a list of National Community Solar Partnership members here.

This event, which is open to the public, is co-sponsored by Creighton Energy Club and Green Bellevue. We’ve invited special guests, including government leaders and community solar advocates and developers, and reserved Combined Rooms 201/205/209 at UNO’s Community Engagement Center from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Please save the date and join us! Refreshments will be served. Reserved parking is available in the lot in front of the Community Engagement Center, near the Durham Bell Tower, and adjacent lots.