In addition to Bellevue and Omaha, solar enthusiasts came from Bennington, Elkhorn, Grand Island, Hastings, Lincoln, York, Council Bluffs and Iowa City to attend the first-ever nationally-sponsored solar tour in our region. The event was part of the 2018 National Solar Tour organized by the American Solar Energy Society and Solar United Neighbors.
Thank you to local tour hosts Don Preister, shown in the above photo with his backyard solar array, and Eric Williams, the Wetherby family, City Sprouts, Exist Green and OPPD. The tour was sponsored by Nebraska Sierra Club, Green Bellevue and Nebraskans for Solar.
Photo Credit: KETV
13 Ways to Harness the SUN to Save Money & Live Naturally!
This free online workshop will be filled with practical, no-nonsense information about harnessing the power of the sun to improve your lifestyle while saving money.
Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Time: 8 p.m. CDT
Duration: 60 minutes plus Q&A
Click Here to Register
Spring into Summer SUN OVEN Giveaway
Everyone who registers will be entered in a drawing to win an All American SUN OVEN with Dehydrating and Preparedness Accessory Package. Drawing will be held after the workshop.
HAPPENING THIS FALL
The American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour October 6th – 7th
Host a solar open house on the Tour! Click image for event details.
By David Proeber, The Pantagraph
A large solar system helps power a house on Ironwood Golf Course in north Normal.
Group-buy programs like Solar Bloomington-Normal allow local residents and businesses to pool their resources and install individual solar energy systems at lower bulk rates. StraightUp Solar estimates the average Twin City homeowner could save 20 percent in upfront costs through Solar Bloomington-Normal.
While the initial investment is still expensive — an example from StraightUp Solar estimated the cost of a 5-kilowatt home system at $15,950 after the group-buy discount — customers can receive not only free energy, but tax credits and incentives that reduce the long-term cost of the system. After those credits, the same home system falls to an estimated $5,250. Read more.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
How much does a PV system currently cost in Nebraska?
Cheaper by the Dozen: Solar Group Purchase Programs, American Solar Energy Society
Group solar purchases helping Midwest cities cut carbon emissions, Midwest Energy News
Milwaukee’s solar group-buying program is expanding, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Solar Bulk Purchases, Community Power Network
By Thomas Content of the Milwaukee / Wisconsin Journal Sentinel
A Milwaukee group-buy program that aims to provide volume discounts for homes and businesses adding solar systems is expanding citywide this year, and beyond the city limits to Shorewood. The group-buy program was launched by Milwaukee Shines and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association three years ago and has gone from neighborhood to neighborhood until now. Read more here.
RESOURCES – GROUP PURCHASE PROGRAMS
Milwaukee Shines Solar Group Buys
Community Power Network
American Solar Energy Society