Calendar

Aug
28
Wed
Conservation Nebraska Presents: Green is Red, White, and Blue
Aug 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Think electric vehicles are only for environmentalists? Think again! Come learn about the benefits of hybrid vehicles for businesses, individuals, and the economy from HP Singh. HP Singh founded EVolution Advisory in Lincoln, NE. He is an innovator for the people working to install more hybrid vehicle charging stations across Nebraska and is full of knowledge you will want to hear!

Please join us for this event on UNL East Campus in Hardin Hall, room 107 on August 28th at 6pm. Conservation Nebraska has invited Nebraskans for Solar to be a co-sponsor.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Register here.

Aug
29
Thu
Free Greentech Media Webinar: The State of Corporate Solar Procurement
Aug 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

 

Join Greentech Media and Wood Mackenzie for an overview of trends in solar procurement by corporations and other large energy users. Experts will discuss the most salient trends driving this industry and what corporates and utilities should consider when thinking about renewable procurement.

We will review distributed solar trends including policy changes, project financing, and community solar, as well as review utility solar including green tariffs, virtual PPAs, and emerging contract structure that will enable more corporate procurement.

REGISTER HERE.

Sep
5
Thu
GreenBiz Webcast: Supercharging Electric Vehicle Fleets
Sep 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

By some estimates, the transportation sector contributes to 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions – and growing. At the same time, cities are taking action to address congestion and air pollution, in an effort to improve air quality and overall public health. To address these interconnected issues, the Smart Electric Urban Logistics (SEUL) project, a UPS-led consortium, deployed game-changing technology that enables simultaneous recharging of electric fleets.

In this hour-long webcast, GreenBiz Group chairman and executive editor Joel Makower will lead a discussion among UPS, Cross River Partnership and UK Power Networks Services to share details about how this collaboration is signaling a new generation of sustainable urban delivery services in London and in other cities around the world.

Among the things you’ll learn:

  • Practical solutions to overcoming barriers to fleet electrification.
  • Insights from testing smart-grid and energy storage systems in a real-world operation.
  • How to make the business case for investing in and testing new technologies.

Moderator:

  • Joel Makower, Chairman and Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

Speakers: 

  • Peter Harris, Director, International Sustainability, UPS
  • Tom Linton-Smith, Project Manager, Cross River Partnership
  • Rachel Stanley, Senior Technology and Innovation Consultant, UK Power Networks Services

If you can’t tune in live, please register and we will email you a link to access the archived webcast footage and slides, available to you on-demand after the webcast.

Sponsored by UPS.

REGISTER HERE.

Sep
7
Sat
Sierra Club Tour – Nature in the City: Building Community and Fighting Climate Change Through Permaculture @ Omaha Permaculture Headquarters
Sep 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join Omaha Permaculture and the Nebraska Chapter Sierra Club for a tour of Omaha Permaculture’s new headquarters site led by Founder and Executive Director Gus von Roenn.

Visitors will see garden beds, greenhouses, a plant nursery, chickens, murals, a water catchment system, an old building rehabilitation, a future NRD bike trail, an urban lumber milling kiln & storage, an auto mechanics shed, a community repair shop, nature trails, a future yoga platform, a future outdoor kitchen/classroom, and an Omaha Biofuels biodiesel pumping station…to name a few features.

You’ll also learn about how permaculture principles inform the design of the site. If done properly, agriculture offers us some of our best chances to draw down greenhouse gas emissions, and permaculture-based techniques are a vital part of the regenerative agriculture model.

Please join Omaha Permaculture and Sierra Club for this informational tour. There is plenty of parking on-site and on the streets. No RSVP needed.

For more information visit: 

www.sierraclub.org/nebraska/events

www.omahapermaculture.org

Sep
8
Sun
Climate Change in Nebraska with Dr. Martha Shulski – Hosted by Green Bellevue @ Bellevue University, Hitchcock Humanities Center, Room 202
Sep 8 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Presenter: Dr. Martha Shulski, Director of Nebraska State Climate Office at University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Free and open to the public. Details here.

Join this event in person or via live stream.

Visit www.greenbellevue.org for more information.

Sep
9
Mon
Free SEIA Webinar: Local Community-Based Solar Projects
Sep 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

 

The movement toward Energy Democracy means that communities increasingly want more control over their energy. Communities across the country are taking the initiative to develop their own solar energy projects, which provides opportunities for savings and economic regeneration, as well as opportunities for job training and employment. In this webinar, hear from community-based organizations that have taken the lead to develop solar projects that are benefiting their neighborhoods.

Speakers

  • Moderator: Melanie Santiago-Mosier, Program Director, Access & Equity, Vote Solar
  • Facilitator: Sara Birmingham, Senior Director of State Affairs, SEIA
  • Bruce Konewko, Solar Operations and Marketing Director, Cooperative Energy Futures
  • Pouya Najmai, Chair, Board of Directors, Cooperative Energy Futures
  • Juan Parra, Community Solar Program Manager, Solar One
  • Gretchen Bradley, Senior Solar Program Associate, Solar One
  • Summer Sandoval, Energy Democracy Coordinator, Uprose

Register Here.

Sep
11
Wed
LiveGreen Solar Panel Open House @ UNMC's Maurer Center for Public Health
Sep 11 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join UNMC’s LiveGreen and Facilities, Management and Planning for an open house at the Maurer Center for Public Health. Come to conference room 3020 anytime between 11:30am to 1pm, stay however long you want, ask questions (including about solar at your own home), get facts, and of course see the solar panels (short flight of stairs required).  Light refreshments provided.

The 1,487 solar panels sit atop the three largest roof surfaces on campus — the Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education, the Stanley M. Truhlsen Eye Institute, and the Harold M. and Beverly Maurer Center for Public Health — and can generate up to 500 kilowatts of solar-powered electricity to help power the campus.

The project is part of an Interlocal Agreement between the OPPD Board of Directors and the UNMC Board of Regents. It is the latest in a number of energy-efficiency efforts added to the campus since 2012.

For more information, visit: https://livegreennebraska.com/solar-panel-open-house/

Sep
12
Thu
Nebraskans for Solar’s September Speaker: David Bracht, Attorney With Kutak Rock and Former Nebraska Energy Office Director @ UNO's Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, Rooms 201 & 205
Sep 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Co-Sponsored by Green Bellevue, Conservation Nebraska, Sierra Club,
OTOC’s Environmental Sustainability Action Team 


David Bracht will provide an overview of Nebraska’s wind and solar development and our state’s potential for future growth.

Specific topics will include:

  • power purchase agreements
  • virtual power purchase agreements
  • commercial and industrial use of solar
  • the potential for combined solar and battery installations
  • incentives and depreciation

David Bracht, Attorney with the U.S. law firm Kutak Rock, advises clients involved in renewable energy development including biofuels, biomass, solar and wind energy, as well as lenders, power companies and government agencies supporting renewable energy development.

David works with companies, service providers and other public agencies focused on improving energy efficiency to reduce energy use and cost. He counsels producers, agribusinesses and other businesses involved in production and processing of agriculture products, along with lenders, insurers and other firms supporting the production of food, fiber and fuel from agriculture processes.

He has more than 35 years’ experience in business, government and law, including private legal practice and senior executive experience in private industry and federal and state government agencies.

Most recently, David served as Director of the Nebraska Energy Office and a member of the cabinet of Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts from January 2015 to August 2018.  During his service as Nebraska Energy Director, total solar facilities statewide expanded from an estimated 1-2 megawatts to more than 30-40 megawatts and total wind facilities in Nebraska nearly doubled and the current 1.97 gigawatts is nearly triple those operating in 2014.

This event is free and open to the public. Please join us and bring a friend! Refreshments will be provided. Reserved parking is available in the lot in front of the Community Engagement Center, near the Durham Bell Tower. Enter at the kiosk and let the attendant know you are a Nebraskans for Solar guest.

Recommended Reading
Nebraska gains as wind power grows, by David Bracht, The Grand Island Independent. Bolstered by more than $3.5 billion in private investment, close to 2,000 Nebraskans work in wind today. In fact, Yahoo Finance recently reported that “wind turbine service technician” is the fastest growing job in our state. Those jobs, and the option for young people to return home, bring new life to communities that have been suffering population decline for decades. Wind farms adding 10, 15 and sometimes 25 new good-paying jobs has had a dramatic impact, especially in Nebraska’s small towns. Look to towns like Petersburg, Elgin, Allen, and Neligh for just a few examples.

Sep
14
Sat
National Drive Electric Week 2019
Sep 14 – Sep 22 all-day

 

National Drive Electric Week is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today’s widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. They are fun to drive, are less expensive and more convenient to fuel than gasoline vehicles, are better for the environment, promote local jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Are you considering going electric? Come talk to owners who have successfully done so. National Drive Electric Week.Org 

Drive Electric Week Events are planned for Omaha & Lincoln, so far. If your community is hosting an event, send us the information and we’ll be happy to post it on our calendar:
nebraskansforsolar@gmail.com

Information on Organizing or Helping With an Event

Sep
15
Sun
National Drive Electric Week – Omaha / Bellevue
Sep 15 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Day: Sunday, September 15, 2019
Time: Noon to 4:00 PM
Location: Bellevue University Campus
812 Bruin Blvd.
Bellevue, NE 68005

Bellevue University is hosting our 2019 Omaha NDEW event at its campus in Bellevue. The vehicle display and attendee parking will be in Parking Lot E on the northwest side of the campus. Click here to view campus map.  Indoor presentations and information tables will be in the adjacent John B. Muller Administrative Services Building (Building 14 on the map). Events start at Noon.

From Omaha go south on the U.S. 75 Kennedy Freeway to the Cornhusker Road Exit. Go east on Cornhusker which turns into Harvell Drive at Fort Crook Road. Continue southeast on Harvell about 1/4-mile and turn right on Herman Drive. Go one block to Bruin Blvd. and turn left. Parking Lot E and the Muller Administrative Services Building (a tall 5-story bldg.) are straight ahead. Signs will be posted.

Come meet the many enthusiastic EV owners who will be displaying their vehicles.

Register Here.