Solar Tour of OPPD, Creighton University and Metropolitan Community College Solar Facilities October 28 ahead of 2014 Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference
For Immediate Release – October 1, 2014 For More Information Contact: Paula Steenson (402) 346-3950
Lincoln, NE- Participants arriving on Tuesday, October 28 for the October 29-30, 2014 Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference in La Vista have an opportunity to take a very educational and informative bus tour of three impressive solar and sustainable energy facilities in Omaha. The tour manager is Michael Shonka, an Omaha area solar expert and member of the Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference committee. The cost of the 1:30-4:30 PM tour is only $10. The tour bus will leave from in front of the Embassy Suites LaVista at 1:30 PM and expects to be back to the Embassy Suites by 4:30 PM.
The tour bus stops will include the following solar facilities:
- A first stop at the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) Omaha Service Center near Eppley Airfield where OPPD renewable installations will be viewed and a briefing provided. This 75,000 square-foot facility is loaded with “green” features such as: a 60 kilowatt (kW) PV solar array, solar tracking system, 1.2 kW vertical-axis wind turbine, ground loop heat pump system as well as many other energy efficient and environmentally friendly features. OPPD was awarded with a Platinum Certification according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards developed by the United States Green Building Council for its improvements in energy and water efficiency, reduced emissions, and overall stewardship practices during the construction and operation of the building.
- A second stop at the Metropolitan Community College (MCC) Ft. Omaha Campus for a tour of their Solar Lab and Greenhouse which includes a combination of radiant floor heating and solar electric power. MCC is empowering today’s students to be future leaders in the growing clean and green economy. MCC’s approach to sustainability is three-pronged; sustainability touches our classrooms, campus and the community. MCC partners with Central Community College, WasteCap Nebraska, and the Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities and is in its second year of a monthly presentation series on topics related to sustainability, energy, the environment, and how they apply to you. MCC is committed to leading and fostering a sustainable environment for our community. A briefing will be provided by MCC officials.
- A third stop at the Creighton University parking lot photovoltaic (PV) structure for a tour and briefing. Creighton University Energy Technology Program is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Program. Creighton’s program considers interdisciplinary investigations of energy issues, including: Design; Material Science; Physics; Atmospheric Science; Communication; Policy. Creighton University officials will provide a briefing.
Participants wanting to sign up for the tour must do so at www.NebraskaWindandSolarConference.com and pay the $10 tour fee. They can do so when they register for the conference.
Registration for the conference is $125 until October 28 and $150 for walk-in registrations the day of the conference. For conference and tour registrations, and to view the program, go to: www.NebraskaWindandSolarConference.com
For hotel reservations, contact Embassy Suites Omaha-La Vista/Hotel & Conference Center, 12520 Westport Pkwy, La Vista, NE 68128 402-331-7400. To view last year’s presentations, go to http://www.neo.ne.gov/renew/wind-working-group/2013conference/2013conference.htm.