Green Watts for Good

About the Program

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 completed on a home in the Highlander Neighborhood in North Omaha, and on solar installations on Nebraska food pantries, homeless shelters, children’s homes and other nonprofits, especially in areas impacted by flooding.

Energy is a major expense for nonprofits that provide a hand up to people in need in our local communities. Raising funds and donating solar through our Green Watts for Good program is a way everyone can help them save on their electricity bills each month for a very long time. Your contributions not only green the environment but also pay you back many times over, as solar panels are made to last 25 or more years.

CURRENT PROJECTS

Announcing Our 7th Green Watts for Good Project

Masonic Home gets solar energy grant, plans open house Thursday
By Tammy Real-McKeighan, Fremont Tribune

Nebraskans for Solar and the Masonic Eastern Star Home for Children are partnering on a solar energy endeavor. This venture will allow the children’s home to join the City of Fremont’s Community Solar Program.

Nebraskans for Solar’s Green Watts for Good Program has provided a $5,000 grant to the Masonic Home. The Masonic Home has provided an equal match of $5,000 to purchase 50 solar panels in Fremont’s Community Solar Program. The panels will be purchased from the City of Fremont Department of Utilities. This purchase will provide enough solar energy to cover 50% of the electricity consumed in the Leonard A. Johnson 4-H Barn. Read more here.

More About the Project

Nebraskans for Solar Board Member Leo Arens is the Lead Coordinator for the Fremont project in partnership with the Masonic-Eastern Star Home for Children and the City of Fremont Department of Utilities.  Additional details will be posted here as they develop.

Heartland Hope Mission

We are partnering with Heartland Hope Mission on our sixth Green Watts for Good project. Contributions made during our 2019 Giving Tuesday fundraising campaign, an annual event sponsored by SHARE Omaha, will be used to install a 4-kilowatt photovoltaic system on Heartland Hope Mission’s building at 2021 U Street. Over the 25-or-more-years’ lifespan of the solar panels, the system will save the nonprofit approximately $18,000 on their electricity bills.

The project will be completed on or before Earth Day, April 22, 2020, which will be the national organization’s 50th anniversary. Ken and Helen Deffenbacher are the Lead Coordinators for the Heartland Hope Mission project.

PREVIOUS PROJECTS

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, homeless shelter or another nonprofit 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 a charitable solar project in your community, please discuss your project idea with one or more of our board members, send an email to: nebraskansforsolar@gmail.com, or come to one of our board meetings, held the second Saturday of each month at 9:30 am.
  4. An additional way you can help is to make a contribution to our Green Watts for Good Program on our Donate page. 
  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!