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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 green energy to our local communities.
We sponsor two programs:
- Green Watts for Good
We seek partnerships through our Green Watts for Good Program on solar projects as part of community development and revitalization, such as the Seventy Five North project in North Omaha’s Highlander Neighborhood. We also are focusing on developing partnerships with nonprofits in our communities that provide a hand up to people in need, including Heartland Hope Mission in South Omaha and the Masonic Eastern Star Home for Children in Fremont. Our Green Watts for Good program is a way food pantries, children’s homes, homeless shelters and other nonprofits can save on their electricity bills each month for 25 or more years, money they can use for their programs and mission.
- Nebraska Solar Schools: www.NebraskaSolarSchools.org
Nebraska Solar Schools’ Education & Development Program provides numerous resources for K-12 teachers to facilitate integration of renewable energy education into their classrooms and after-school programs. Resources are also provided for those who want to install a photovoltaic (PV) system at their school. In April 2019, Nebraska Solar Schools was awarded a Nebraska Environmental Trust grant for $31,250 to provide 100 National Energy Education Development (NEED) Solar Energy Kits to Nebraska K-12 schools. We seek funding and volunteers (solar developers, installers and instructors) for the development part of our program, which will enable high schools using the NEED Solar Energy Kit, Exploring Photovoltaics, to design and install their own ground-mounted system at their schools under the supervision of professional mentors. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, solar photovoltaic installer is the fastest-growing occupation in our country.
Questions? Please contact Helen Deffenbacher, Nebraska Solar Schools Facilitator: HelenDeffenbacher@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.
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.