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Oglala Lakota lands could host 110 MW-AC of solar

By William Driscoll, PV Magazine

Native American lands have an estimated 61 gigawatts of
economic solar potential.

Oglala Lakota lands could host 110 MW-AC of solar

Nebraska Winnebago Tribe Is Developing Their Renewable Energy Resources

Tour The Winnebago Tribe’s New Solar Farm And More Renewable Energy Sites
Saturday, August 11th from 11 am to 3 pm or for as long as you want to stay.

Bring your family, a picnic lunch and lawn chairs and join Nebraskans for Solar and Tour Host Robert Byrnes for this unique educational opportunity. Click here for details.

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Nebraska tribe becomes a solar power leader on the Plains

“We’ve had 100 tribes visit our community,” [Ann Marie Bledsoe-Downes, vice president for community impact and engagement of Ho-Chunk Inc] said. “We talk about many subjects with these leaders. We spend substantial time on our renewable-energy effort. Other tribes say, ‘Let’s do what Winnebago is doing.’ It resonates with people that we are taking control over our own resources.”

Many thanks to our Green Watts for Good supporters during Omaha Gives!

Forty-two contributors generously donated $3,172 to our Green Watts for Good Fundraising Campaign! At midnight that put us halfway to our goal of raising sufficient funds for a second 4-kilowatt (4000 watts) photovoltaic (PV) system!

Additional Contributions

  • A generous donation today of $1,000 from the Nebraska Solar Energy Society brings the total amount raised toward the second PV system to $4,172!
  • NFS also has received pledges from two Nebraska solar energy businesses to donate solar panels for Green Watts for Good projects!

Next Steps 

  • We will use all Green Watts for Good donations to date to leverage matching contributions from local foundations, businesses and individual philanthropists.
  • We will also work with our partnering nonprofit to finalize plans to install the first 4-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system on an Omaha home using the generous donation to our Green Watts for Good Fund made by two local philanthropists on Earth Day.
  • Organize a “barn-raising” type effort to install the PV system. NFS board members, who include three solar professionals and four with rooftop solar, and other volunteers will “raise” the solar panels, which come with a manufacturer’s warranty to last 25 years.
  • Celebrate.

Nebraskans for Solar is an all-volunteer nonprofit, and so 100% of all donations go to support our Green Watts for Good Initiative.

Our long-term goal is to create a revolving loan fund to enable homeowners to purchase PV systems and to save money over many years.

If your ecology or sustainability club, faith group, foundation, business or other organization would like to sponsor a solar system for a family in your community, please send us an email: nebraskansforsolar@gmail.com

Thank you from all of us at Nebraskans for Solar!

Photo: Washington State Habitat for Humanity volunteers celebrating a job well done.

Omaha Gives’ Sixth Annual Charitable Challenge

May 1 – May 23

Click logo to link to Nebraskans for Solar’s Green Watts for Good Campaign.

Omaha Gives’ 6th annual 24-hour charitable challenge presented by American National Bank is set for May 23, 2018. The giving begins at midnight with a minimum $10 donation and hourly drawings and prizes that make your donations go further.

There are three ways to give:

  • Schedule donations at Omaha Gives.Org May 1-May 22, and they will be processed on May 23

  • Make your donation on May 23 from 12:00 am through 12:00 am May 24

  •  Or do both!

Nebraskans for Solar’s Green Watts for Good Campaign

Green Watts for Good Flyer
Please share widely with family and friends!

Morrissey Engineering takes diligent approach to “being green”

By Kevin Warneke, Omaha World-Herald

Morrissey Engineering takes sustainability seriously, said founding principal George
Morrissey . . .  “When we decided to build new in 2008, we knew that sustainability had to be featured throughout the building,” Morrissey said. The return on that investment came when the company earned platinum, or top, certification for its environmental performance from the U.S. Green Building Council. Read the entire article here.

See Also: 

Jared Friesen, Renewable Energy Specialist and Electrical Project Manager at Morrissey Engineering, is a Nebraskans for Solar board member and the organization’s immediate past president.

Free Microgrid Knowledge Newsletter & Additional Resources

Microgrid Knowledge provides news and resources on microgrids and distributed energy resources. Their audience includes energy businesses, organizations and policymakers, along with customers who use microgrids and distributed energy — or are considering doing so.

Visit their website to explore articles and white papers. Subscribe to their free Microgrid Knowledge Newsletter.

Additional  Resources Include

Photo by Brent Pernak: Solar canopy installation is well underway at the Public Safety Headquarters in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The project broke ground in July 2017, and completion is expected by winter 2018.
Source: Microgrid to Ensure ‘Resiliency’ for Emergency Services. The Town Courier Gaithersburg

Utilities, Municipalities Are Warming Up To Solar Power

Written by Scott Wiater, President and CEO of Maryland-based Standard Solar Posted by Solar Industry Magazine

Although some of the biggest utilities outside of California are still struggling to deal with integrating solar into their portfolios, there are many utilities that get it. Some are large – Duke Energy and Dominion Energy, to name but two. Some are small, such as the Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA) in Florida and River Falls, Wis., Municipal Utilities. Read more here.

Photo by Erik Christensen, Flickr

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OPPD’s Proposed Community Solar Program

Today, OPPD posted an update on the utility’s proposed community solar program, including background information, proposed program highlights, and information on how a participant’s monthly solar charge would be calculated. Read the entire post here.

Additional Resources and FAQs
December 2017 Board Presentation
February 2018 Board Presentation
FAQs

Provide your comments on the proposed community solar program at OPPD Listens.

Photo Credit: Sarah Hoffman / The World-Herald. Central City’s Community Solar

After Two Clean-Power Deals This Week, Funds Hunt for More

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg

Institutional investors have realized that wind and solar power offer a safe play with decades of visibility, and in recent months have stepped up their efforts to buy such assets, said Nathan Serota, a New York-based analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. “There’s a rush to cash in on federal subsidies in the U.S. market,” Serota said. “Clean-energy infrastructure funds have finally arrived.” Click here to read the entire article.

MORE WIND, SOLAR & INVESTMENT NEWS

SOLAR TARIFFS

This initiative could counteract the impact of the U.S. solar tariffs

Written by Heather Clancy, GreenBiz

The initiative could have a particularly profound impact for on-site or smaller community-scale projects ranging from 1 megawatt to 10 MWs in size, according to the RMI team. “The corporate buyer will get a lower cost over time,” said Kiernan Coleman, senior associate at
RMI . . . RMI CEO Jules Kortenhorst likened the effort to the Department of Energy’s highly successful SunShot Initiative — formed back in 2011 with the aim of cutting the costs of solar energy by 75 percent. Read more here.

Photo: Kearney Community Solar

RMI Press Release Announcing The Initiative
2018 Solar Cost Reductions Will Offset Impact of New Tariffs on Panel Prices

Modular, pre-engineered and pre-assembled solar product to lower costs by additional $0.20/Wp in 2018, according to Rocky Mountain Institute and industry leaders.

Boulder, Colorado – Rocky Mountain Institute and 35 solar energy industry leaders committed to develop an ultra-low-cost solar product able to operate in a variety of environments at fully installed costs as low as $0.50/Wp. Participants at the Rocky Mountain Institute-hosted event, representing at least 15 gigawatts of solar capacity—equivalent to the capacity of 25 average-sized coal plants—identified an opportunity to reduce costs by $0.20/Wp in 2018 alone. Reducing costs at this scale would mitigate the effect of newly applied trade restrictions on solar components, keeping the solar energy industry on a maintained cost-reduction pathway. Continue reading here.

Wp (watt peak capacity) = a solar panel’s maximum power output under optimal conditions.  1,000 Wp = 1 kWp.

AT&T signs huge renewable energy purchase agreement

Posted by Climate Action

AT&T has agreed to purchase 520 megawatts of renewable energy, in what is being signaled as one of the largest corporate agreements to date The company has also signed on to a set of principles which help guide and support corporate companies make cost-effective renewable energy purchases from the grid. The initiative is being led by WWF and the World Resources Institute. Read more here.

 Image Credit: Leaflet / CC 

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