Please bring your ideas for local community solar development to Nebraskans for Solar’s public forum this Wednesday, October 12th at 7 p.m. in Combined Rooms 201/205/209 at UNO’s Community Engagement Center.
The Department of Energy’s National Community Solar Partnership will be the primary topic of discussion for this first in a series of fall Nebraskans for Solar events. You will learn about the basics and benefits of community solar and how you can help develop a community solar project or program in your local community. You will also learn about another new program supported by DOE’s SunShot Initiative: CivicPACE.
Our main speaker will be Erin Cheese, Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, graduate of Creighton University’s Energy Technology Program, and former Nebraskans for Solar Board member for two years.
Cliff Mesner, owner of Mesner Solar Development, who led Central City’s efforts to create Nebraska’s first community solar garden, will then join the discussion. He will present several steps for developing community solar projects, available incentives, and benefits; the current status of Central City’s solar garden; and community solar projects developing in other Nebraska communities.
A brainstorming session will follow in which the audience will divide into small groups to discuss the information presented and propose ideas for new community solar projects and programs in our local communities.
This event, which is open to the public, is co-sponsored by Creighton Energy Club and Green Bellevue. We’ve invited additional solar developers and renewable energy advocacy groups and individuals, as well as government leaders and utility company representatives.
In addition to Nebraskans for Solar, Creighton Energy Club, and Green Bellevue, there are many more organizations and agencies educating people of all ages about renewable energy in our state. These groups have also been invited to participate in our public forum, and they include in alphabetical order: Bold Nebraska, Center for Rural Affairs, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Clean Energy Nebraska, Green Omaha Coalition, Nebraska Energy Office, Nebraska Farmers Union, Nebraska Green Schools, Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light, Nebraska League of Conservation Voters, Nebraska Sierra Club, Nebraska Solar Schools, Nebraska Wildlife Federation, Omaha Together One Community, and Wind for Schools Program.
Please join us! Refreshments will be served. Reserved parking is available in the lot in front of the Community Engagement Center, near the Durham Bell Tower, and adjacent lots.
The National Community Solar Partnership works to expand access to community solar throughout the nation, especially in low- and moderate-income households. On July 19, 2016, the White House announced a new goal to enable 1 GW of low- and moderate-income solar by 2020. Nebraskans for Solar is a member of the National Community Solar Partnership. Included in Erin’s presentation will be information on joining the partnership and the benefits.
CivicPACE: Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, the CivicPACE Program is working to support solar energy deployment by bringing property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing to tax-exempt organizations, such as nonprofits, affordable housing, faith based institutions, and schools.
Nebraska Community Solar Links
- Nebraska Public Power District’s pilot community solar project, SunWise
- Lincoln Electric System’s SunShares Brochure
- With projects popping up across Nebraska, future of solar power brightens
- Creighton University Technology Students Complete Community Solar Feasibility Study
- Old landfill eyed as solar farm