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Green Watts for Good Announcements

July 15, 2020: Our Current Green Watts for Good Solar & Energy Conservation Projects
June 25, 2020: Another Green Watts for Good Project Completed. An Invitation to All Nebraska Nonprofits 
May 26, 2020: No More Empty Pots Update – Our Next Steps

Nebraska Solar Schools Announcement
March 23, 2020: New Nebraska Solar Schools Education Project Funded By A 2020 Facebook Community Action Grant

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July 20, 2020 Newsletter: https://conta.cc/3eLVEqs
May 13, 2020 Newsletter: https://conta.cc/2YYGIRD
March 1, 2020 Newsletter: https://conta.cc/3alY25t
February 11, 2020 Newsletter: https://conta.cc/38iDomf
February 5, 2020 Newsletter: https://conta.cc/3botjq2
January 12, 2020 Announcement: https://conta.cc/2R85NnP

About Nebraskans for Solar 

Nebraskans for Solar (NFS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in January 2012. We work with allied nonprofits and agencies, schools, businesses and individuals to advance renewable energy in our state and to raise awareness about the economic and environmental benefits of renewable energy to our local communities.

We Sponsor Two Programs

  • Green Watts for Good

We partner on the installation of photovoltaic (PV) projects with Nebraska food pantries, homeless shelters, children’s homes and other nonprofit organizations that focus on food and housing security in our communities.

Our current partnering nonprofits include No More Empty Pots in North Omaha, Heartland Hope Mission in South Omaha, Masonic Eastern Star Home for Children in Fremont, and Seventy Five North Corporation in the North Omaha Highlander Neighborhood, a Purpose-Built Community.

Previously we partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Omaha on the installation of solar hot water systems on 4 Habitat homes in North and South Omaha and the Benson Neighborhood, but now we install PV systems only.

We request matching funds from partnering nonprofits but do not require them.

Learn more about our Green Watts for Good projects here.

  • Nebraska Solar Schools

Nebraska Solar Schools is a Nebraskans for Solar program that has its own website. The purpose of our Solar Energy Education & Development Program is to provide resources for K-12 teachers to facilitate integration of renewable energy education into their classrooms or after-school programs. Resources are also provided for those who want to install a photovoltaic (PV) system at their schools.

Grant-Funded Projects: NEED Solar Energy Kits

In April 2019 the Nebraska Environmental Trust awarded a $31,250 grant to Nebraskans for Solar to fund Nebraska Solar Schools’ project of providing National Energy Education Development (NEED) Solar Energy Kits to K-12 schools requesting them. During the 2019 to 2020 academic year, 64 kits were awarded to schools all across the state. Funds remain in the grant for about 40 kits. Most of the curriculum materials are reusable and so the kits can be used by multiple teachers at each school. Replacement kits for consumable materials are available from NEED at a fraction of the cost of the main solar energy kits.

In March 2020 Nebraskans for Solar received a Facebook Community Action Grant to support the Nebraska Solar Schools program. The $10,000 grant specifically will provide schools in Sarpy County that request them with NEED Solar Energy Kits for enhancement of STEM programming.

Both of these projects will start up on September 1, 2020 with the release of the
2020 – 2021 editions of the NEED Solar Energy Kits.

Learn more about our Nebraska Solar Schools program here, or visit the website: www.nebraskasolarschools.org

Our General Focus Areas Include:

  • Green Energy
    We support and provide information and resources on all types of green energy, including solar, wind, geothermal, hydropower, energy efficiency and energy conservation.
  • Education
    We provide news and resources for all ages at our events, on our websites and Facebook Page and through our electronic newsletters. We sponsor, or co-sponsor with allied organizations, an ongoing series of free educational events for all ages, including workshops, presentations and solar tours. In addition to all forms of green energy, topics of interest include community economic development through renewable energy projects, green energy jobs, electric vehicles, carbon sequestration through regenerative farming, decarbonization, climate action by all ages and its environmental and economic benefits for communities everywhere.

Nebraskans for Solar Board of Directors 

Ken Deffenbacher, President & Treasurer
Leo Arens, President-Elect
Syed Ali, Past President
Helen Deffenbacher, NFS Executive Director, Nebraska Solar Schools Facilitator, Grants Writer
Louis Lester, Grants Writer/Administrator, Energy Conservation Projects Coordinator
Brenda Moscovits
Donnis Arens
Logan Smith
Max Markuson DiPrince

David Corbin, Former Nebraskans for Solar Board of Directors Member, Facebook Editor

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