Conservation Nebraska Event: Screening of Catching The Sun @ Milady Coffeehouse in Fremont
Jan 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Nebraska Sierra Club Event: Electric Vehicles Entrepreneur’s Workshop @ First United Methodist Church - Enter North Door, Room 111
Jan 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Delve into the details of electric vehicles and their charging system (hardware and software). Visit with local entrepreneurs in the electric vehicles and battery charging sector about their (and your?) venture and venture capital possibilities.

Watch for upcoming details on Nebraska Sierra Club’s website calendar:

Co-sponsored by:

Nebraska Sierra Club Transportation Committee, Clyde Anderson, Chair:
Nebraska Electric Vehicle Association, Albert Lierz, President:

DOE Better Buildings Challenge Webinar: Save Money and Build Resilience with Distributed Energy Technologies
Feb 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Building owners, municipal planners, and governments face a range of priorities when it comes to powering their buildings – minimizing cost, ensuring resilience, and in many cases, meeting renewable energy goals.

This webinar will introduce two tools used for assessing potential facility-level energy technology investments: the Distributed Energy Resources Customer Adoption Model (DER-CAM) and REopt Lite.

DOE’s National Laboratories developed and used these tools to analyze potential energy investments at existing Better Buildings Challenge partner facilities; learn the results of the completed analysis and how these publicly available tools were able to help energy managers and other decision makers optimize the unique energy needs of their facilities.


CESA Webinar – State of the U.S. Energy Storage Industry: 2019 Year in Review
Feb 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Clean Energy States Alliance’s annual lookback at the year in energy storage will cover advances in the U.S. market, including deployment trends, policy and regulatory updates; the state of the art in energy storage technologies; and the market outlook for the coming years.

Dan Finn-Foley from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables will share his insights. CESA Project Director Todd Olinsky-Paul will moderate a Q&A with the audience following the presentation.


This webinar is a presentation of the Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP). ESTAP is a federal-state funding and information sharing project that aims to accelerate the deployment of electrical energy storage technologies in the U.S. ESTAP is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity, managed by Sandia National Laboratories, and administered by the Clean Energy States Alliance. Learn more here.

Clean Energy Group Webinar – Soleil Lofts: The Largest Solar+Storage Virtual Power Plant in the Country
Feb 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

With 5.2 megawatts of solar and 12.6 megawatt-hours of battery storage, a new 600-unit housing development in Herriman, Utah, about 25 miles south of Salt Lake City, is being developed as the largest solar virtual power plant in the country. The innovative, net-zero development, Soleil Lofts, will be completely electrified, include EV charging ports for 150 vehicles, solar on every roof, and sonnen home battery systems in every apartment.

The project was made possible through a unique partnership between the local utility, Rocky Mountain Power; the real estate developer, Wasatch Group; and technology providers, sonnen and Auric Solar. In addition to providing backup power and energy resilience to residents, Rocky Mountain Power will use the batteries as a demand response resource and to deliver additional grid benefits. Residents are expected to begin moving in at the end of this summer.


Rocky Mountain Power is a subsidiary of Pacificorp, owned by Berkshire Hathaway Energy. Sonnen is a Shell subsidiary. View more photos on Auric Energy’s website.

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Nebraskans for Solar’s February Speaker: Wayne Williams from Central City @ UNO Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center Combined Rooms 201/205
Feb 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Wayne Williams has been in the energy industry for the last 40 years. He served as the Director and Manager of Projects for Nebraska Public Power District’s Project Management Office. In 1996 he founded Interconnection Systems Inc (ISI), based in Central City, Nebraska.

In 2005 he left NPPD to work in his company. Since that time, he has built ISI into a national EPC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction) company that now specializes in utility-scale distributive and industrial solar and Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) installations.

As Principle and CEO of the company, he leads a team that is working on projects across the U.S. with large national and international renewable energy developers that include ENGIE and AEP, among others.

The company installed Kearney’s solar farm located in the city’s technology park. The project currently is Nebraska’s largest community-scale solar array until Norfolk’s solar farm, paired with battery storage, will be built in partnership with NPPD this year. ISI also installed an 8-kilowatt photovoltaic system at the Duchesne Academy in Omaha in 2019, one of three Nebraska schools with solar, to date.

Williams’ Discussion Topics Will Include:

  • Changing technology & solutions to the challenges.
  • Our nation’s large electrical load growth and what effect electric vehicles (EVs) will have on our current power grid at a distributive level. How much energy do electric cars consume? Where car manufacturers are hedging their bets.
  • How the load shift transition from fossil fuels to electrical consumption remains a question as to whether we as a nation will be able to react in a timely fashion that will not create chaos within the energy distribution sector. Who will pay for the grid infrastructure upgrades?
  • How will BESS (Battery Energy Storage Systems) play a role?

Parking Information

Reserved parking is available for this event in the lots in front of the Community Engagement Center, near the Durham Bell Tower. Use the kiosk entrance and let the attendant know you are our guest. Refreshments provided. Please join us and bring a friend!

Blueprint Nebraska Public Forum Hosted by UNK – Building on the Blueprint: Economic Development in Central Nebraska @ Younes Conference Center
Feb 14 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Building on the Blueprint: Economic Development in Central Nebraska brings together experts, leaders and influencers to identify action steps to support economic development in south central Nebraska.

Hosted by the University of Nebraska at Kearney, the workshop will help advance and prioritize information and analysis in the 2019 Blueprint Nebraska report.

Blueprint Nebraska includes business, industry and civic leaders who developed a strategic plan aimed at addressing the state’s economic and workforce challenges. Job creation, population and income growth, and boosting research and development investments are among key goals.

Registration is requested by February 10th. 


Event Schedule

8 am – Check-in

8:30 am – Welcome, UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen

8:45 am – Expert panel discussion on four themes: People, Places, Government, Sectors

10 am – Breakout sessions with panelists

11:15 am – Education and workforce solutions

  • “Success and Vision for Expanding the Step IT Up America Program to Kearney and UNK” with BG Moore, president, Xpanxion UST Global Group.
  • “What We Are Doing and Where We’re Going – Aligning with Blueprint Nebraska” with Dean Tim Jares and Career Center Director Dustin Favinger, UNK College of Business and Technology.

12:45 pm – Final breakout discussion and rank action items

1:15 pm – Action item reports and closing


Conservation Nebraska Event: Solar Energy Presentation by Eric Moyer @ Eiseley Branch Library
Feb 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Are you curious about solar energy? Join Conservation Nebraska for a presentation by Eric Moyer to learn about all things solar! Eric is Director of Sales and Marketing at Lincoln-Based SWT Energy.

Sign up for the event here.

Nebraskans for Solar Presentation: “The Future of Customer-Owned Generation” @ UNO Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center: Combined Rooms 230 & 231
Mar 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Our Speaker Will Be Kirk Estee, OPPD Alternative Energy Solutions Manager

The adoption rate of customers installing generation at their homes or businesses has significantly increased in OPPD’s service territory and throughout our country with expectations of this trend continuing.

In order to remain a trusted energy partner for our customers, OPPD started an initiative to improve the process and experience for customers connecting their own generation to the grid. This not only allows for a simple and streamlined process for applicants, but it also improves the safety for OPPD personnel in the field.

The result of this project includes a new online application process, enhanced content on OPPD webpages, and tools to assist customers in making educated decisions when it comes to customer-owned generation including a solar calculator.

A Q&A will follow the presentation.

This event is open to the public. Refreshments provided. Reserved parking is available for Nebraskans for Solar guests in the lots in front of the Community Engagement Center, near the Durham Bell Tower. Enter at the kiosk. Please join us and bring a friend!