Green Watts for Good

We seek partnerships through our Green Watts for Good Program on solar projects as part of community development and revitalization, such as the solar project recently completed on a home in the Highlander Neighborhood in North Omaha, and on solar installations on Nebraska food pantries, homeless shelters and other nonprofits, especially in areas impacted by flooding.


Nebraskans for Solar and Heartland Hope Mission are partnering on the installation of a solar energy system on their building at 2021 U Street to help reduce their energy bills for the next 25 years, money they can use for their programs.

Nebraskans for Solar is raising funds for this new Green Watts for Good project through Giving Tuesday, a metro-wide fundraising campaign sponsored by SHARE Omaha. Our goal is to raise $10,000, and we will match individual donations up to a total of $10,000.

Giving Tuesday will be held on December 3, 2019 over 24 hours, but contributions can be made any time before then using the code GT402, Omaha’s area code, on our SHARE Omaha Page.

1,000 Volunteers Wanted: For Giving Tuesday’s 24 Hours of Impact, our nonprofits are co-hosting a drive. We seek 1,000 volunteers to drop off one or more most-needed items.

Most Needed Items:
Clothing: gently used coats (all sizes) baby and kids clothing
Hygiene items: shampoo, body wash, baby diapers (size 3-5), toilet paper
Christmas: Brand new toys

When: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 from 2 pm to 6 pm

Where to drop off: Heartland Hope Mission, 2021 U Street (parking lot on the north side of the building). Refreshments provided.

Another way you can help: Please download our flyer and share it with family and friends.

Thank you from all of us at Nebraskans for Solar & Heartland Hope Mission!

Please contact Helen Deffenbacher: or Renae Bush:

More Green Watts for Good Projects To Come!

Ken and Helen Deffenbacher are the Lead Coordinators for the Heartland Hope Mission project. Other Nebraskans for Solar Board Members are Lead Coordinators working on additional Green Watts for Good projects, which will be posted here soon!


Highlander Neighborhood Home – Our First Photovoltaic Project

Nebraskans for Solar and Seventy Five North Revitalization Corporation partnered on the installation of a 4-kilowatt solar system on a home in the Highlander neighborhood, a mixed-income community in North Omaha, shown in the above photo.

The solar panels and components and the installation costs were funded by Nebraskans for Solar’s Green Watts for Good Program through individual contributions directly to the fund and our Omaha Gives campaign sponsored by the Omaha Community Foundation.

Four Habitat for Humanity Homes – Solar Hot Water Systems

Nebraskans for Solar and Habitat for Humanity of Omaha partnered on the installation of solar hot water systems on three newly-built Habitat homes: two in North Omaha and another in South Omaha. A fourth solar hot water system was installed on a rehabilitated home in Benson. The solar collectors, shown in the above photo, are much more compact than photovoltaic (PV) modules, but these generate the equivalent power of a 3-kW PV system. Money for the projects was raised through crowdfunding on Indiegogo, individual contributions, and donations to our Omaha Gives campaign, an annual event sponsored by the Omaha Community Foundation. Photo Credit: Blake Johnson / Habitat for Humanity of Omaha 

Ways You Can Get Involved In Green Watts for Good

  1. Learn more about Green Watts for Good at NFS-sponsored events, on our website and Facebook page, and from our newsletters.
  2. If you are a solar developer/installer who would like to donate your labor and/or solar panels for a solar PV system at a food bank or homeless shelter in your community through our Green Watts for Good program, please contact us.
  3. If your ecology or sustainability club, faith group, foundation, nonprofit or business would like to partner with Nebraskans for Solar on developing and installing a solar project in your neighborhood or community, please discuss your project idea with one or more of our board members, send an email to:, or come to one of our board meetings, held the second Saturday of each month at 9:30 am.
  4. Two more ways you can help are to make a contribution to a Green Watts for Good project through our Giving Tuesday campaign sponsored by SHARE Omaha on December 3, 2019, and to our Omaha Gives campaign sponsored by the Omaha Community Foundation on May 20, 2020.
  5. You can also donate directly to our fund by sending a check payable to Nebraskans for Solar, with Green Watts for Good in the memo line, and mailing it to: 

Metro Credit Union
PO Box 390696
Omaha, Nebraska 68139

From all of us at Nebraskans for Solar, thank you for your contributions!