Nebraskans for Solar News Release
LINCOLN (April 23, 2019) — Nebraska Solar Schools announced today that it has been awarded a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for $31,250 to fund a pilot project within its Solar Energy Education and Development Program: 100 Solar Energy Kits for 100 Nebraska Schools. Nebraska Solar Schools is a program of the nonprofit Nebraskans for Solar. The project is one of the 117 projects receiving $19,501,444 in grant awards from the Nebraska Environmental Trust this year.
The purpose of Nebraska Solar Schools’ Solar Energy Education & Development Program is to provide resources for K-12 teachers to facilitate integration of more solar 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 school.
The primary focus of the new pilot project is on K-12 schools in Nebraska towns and cities that have developed or plan to develop solar projects, including rooftop solar, solar farms or other installations. Solar communities provide educational opportunities such as classroom presentations and workshops, field trips and project development in collaboration with solar experts at local utilities, solar businesses, and community colleges that offer renewable energy training programs, for example.
The cities and towns in the pilot project’s focus group include but are not limited to: Ainsworth, Aurora, Central City, Chadron, Fremont, Gothenburg, Grand Island, Hastings, Hemingford, Kearney, Lexington, Lincoln, Loup City, Norfolk, Omaha/Fort Calhoun, O’Neill, Pawnee City, Schuyler, Scottsbluff, South Sioux City, Superior, Venango/Grant and York.
The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Solar Energy Kits’ cross-discipline lesson plans, projects, and activities support Nebraska Science Standards. The four grade-level kits contain all the materials needed for completing each unit, providing an easier and less time-consuming way for teachers to integrate renewable energy education into their curriculum planning. Almost all the materials in the kits are reusable, making them cost-effective.
The Nebraska Legislature created the Nebraska Environmental Trust in 1992. Using revenue from the Nebraska Lottery, the Trust has provided over $305 million in grants to over 2,200 projects across the state. Anyone – citizens, organizations, communities, farmers and businesses – can apply for funding to protect habitat, improve water quality and establish recycling programs in Nebraska. The Nebraska Environmental Trust works to preserve, protect and restore our natural resources for future generations.
The Nebraska Environmental Trust is funded by proceeds from the Nebraska lottery and has awarded more than $305 million to over 2,200 conservation projects across the state of Nebraska since 1994. Nebraska Solar Schools’ new pilot project would not be possible without Trust funding.
Contact: Helen Deffenbacher, Nebraska Solar Schools Facilitator
Thank you to the following newspapers for publishing the news release:
- Kearney Hub: Kearney, Lexington, Loup City helping spearhead solar schools project
- Grand Island Independent: Area schools offered solar energy education kits
- Holt Independent: Nebraska Solar Schools Pilot Project Focus Groups Will Include O’Neill
- Rapid City Journal: Nebraska Solar Schools Awarded $31,250