Central City Solar Farm – A New Step for Nebraska in Energy Innovation

February 12, 2015 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
UNO's Community Engagement Center, Room 201
Dodge Street & North 64th Street
Omaha, NE 68182

Speaker: Michael Shonka, Renewable Energy Expert, Instructor & Business Owner 

Sponsors: Nebraskans for Solar & Omaha Sierra Club 

Michael recently completed Nebraska’s first solar farm, a 100-panel system installed in an industrial park next to an existing solar system owned by Mesner Development Company of Central City. Residents and businesses of Central City, which has a population of 2,900, will be able to purchase shares of the energy generated by the system in the future. Other names for solar farms include: “shared renewables,” “community solar” and “solar gardens.”


In this presentation, Michael will discuss the Central City Solar Farm project in detail, illustrating his presentation with numerous photographs, and will provide the required steps for other interested Nebraska communities to develop solar farms. He will also discuss other just-completed or future solar projects in our state, including rooftop solar. Time will be allotted for questions.

Michael Shonka, owner of Solar Heat and Electric, has been designing, installing, and maintaining solar and wind energy systems since 1983. In collaboration with colleagues in the renewable energy industry and many other renewable energy advocates in our state, he promotes adoption of renewable energy by the general public and government, and is involved on updating city code and legislation to facilitate greater renewable energy development in Nebraska. He has helped to pass a state tax credit for renewable energy and to implement the new net metering law. He is also involved with teaching of solar, wind, sustainability and energy conservation classes statewide.

New! A Surprise Bonus: Nationally Recognized Solar Expert & Author Will Be Special Guest At February 12th Event 

Free & open to the public. Social Half Hour from 6:30 to 7:00: We will have information tables available for green groups & renewable energy / energy efficiency businesses to share materials with attendees. Our nonprofit will provide copies of our Directory of Nebraska Solar Businesses, which lists 14 businesses all across the state. If you ordered a copy of the 2015 Solar Electricity Handbook, by Michael Boxwell, these will be handed out before the workshop, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Free parking is available in the reserved lot to the north of the Community Engagement Center, near the Durham Bell Tower, plus all adjacent lots. To access the library lot just to the west of the CEC, take the frontage road around to the back. A well-lit sidewalk leads to the front door of the CEC. Questions? Suggestions? Please email Helen Deffenbacher, Events Organizer: nebraskansforsolar@gmail.com.