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Second Solar Group Buy Meeting November 8th

Please join us for the next Solar Group Buy Meeting
November 8, 2017 at 7 p.m.
UNO’s Community Engagement Center
Combined Rooms 201 and 205

Two brief panel presentations, each followed by a major Q&A session, are planned for the second meeting of the greater-Omaha-area Solar Group Buy. One panel of local energy efficiency experts will discuss numerous ways to save energy and money, from the free and inexpensive steps you can take to the more expensive. Conserving energy will reduce the size solar system required to meet the electricity needs of a home or business.

Solar installers will make up a second panel of experts. They will briefly introduce themselves and then open the discussion to attendees’ questions. Included, too, will be a demonstration of the ConnectDER, available incentives, a discussion of the inspection process required by OPPD, the solar installation permit, and banks and other lending agencies that provide loans for energy efficiency upgrades and solar energy projects. Solar Ambassadors, those who have already installed solar, will also be present to add to the discussion and answer questions.

Optional items to bring to the meeting:

  • photo of your roof or other proposed solar installation site
  • rooftop checklist – See the Solar Group Buy PowerPoint. A separate checklist will be added soon to the resources, below.
  • OPPD bills showing your usage over the past months


New connection technology is cutting cost of solar installation, by Karen Uhlenhuth,
Midwest Energy News

Please join us and contribute to the discussion! Refreshments will be provided. 

NRDC Report: Replacing Coal with Renewables and Energy Efficiency Can Lead U.S. to Cleaner Future

Press release excerpt

“The shift away from coal, and the ongoing retirement of aging coal plants, presents our country with an historic opportunity,” said Starla Yeh, the report’s co-author and a senior policy analyst in NRDC’s Climate and Clean Air Program. “The U.S. is perfectly positioned to lead a global transition to clean energy, modernize its electricity grid, enlist tens of thousands of Americans in new efficiency and clean energy jobs—and help protect the planet from climate devastation.”

Even Robert Murray, CEO of the largest U.S. private coal miner, said earlier this year that coal employment “can’t be brought back to where it was before the election of Barack Obama.” And Brian Corbett, spokesman for DTE Energy which provides electricity to several million customers in Michigan, has said: “Many of our coal plants are aging and need to be replaced with cleaner, modern generating technologies, which is what our customers are asking of us and we plan to continue working to achieve these goals.” Read the entire release here.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 2 million members and online activists. Since 1970, NRDC lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world’s natural resources, public health, and the environment.

New Utility Program Helps Customers Go Off-Grid

By Jennifer Runyon, Chief Editor of Renewable Energy World Magazine

Burlington, VT-based Green Mountain Power is testing a new program that it hopes will result in dollar and carbon-emission savings for both customers and itself. Its Off-Grid package includes an energy efficiency audit in partnership with Efficiency Vermont, a solar array, battery storage, home automation controls that allow customers to manage energy resources and usage, and a generator for backup that may be used for short periods of time if needed. In addition to producing their own clean energy, customers will have a flat monthly fee for their energy instead of the fluctuations they experience today. Read more here.



New Book: Off Grid Solar, by Joseph P. O’Connor, is a pocket guide and quick reference for anyone looking to build a solar system with the free sunshine available to us all. “The limitations to widespread solar are not centered on the cost, the efficiency, or the need for advancements in technology. The limitations are solely due to the lack of widespread knowledge on the subject.”


Department of Energy awards UNL nearly $1.5 million to set up and operate a regional Industrial Assessment Center

On December 14, 2016, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced nearly $35 million for 28 higher education institutions from 25 states across the country to set up and operate regional Industrial Assessment Centers (IACS). The centers will provide site-specific recommendations to small manufacturers with opportunities to improve productivity, secure information, reduce waste and save energy while providing training for undergraduate and graduate engineering students in manufacturing processes, energy assessment procedures, and energy management systems. Read more here.

Photo credit: U.S. Department of Energy

To apply for an assessment, contact UNL’s IAC Program Director:
Dr. Robert Williams
Phone: (402) 472-4755
Email: rwilliams2@unl.edu

Ten New U.S. Cities Join the City Energy Project to Cut Climate Pollution from Buildings

City Energy: A Joint Project of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT)


Now comprising 20 cities, by 2030 the project could save more than $1.5 billion annually and reduce climate pollution equivalent to taking 2 million cars off the road for a year. The City Energy Project is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Kresge Foundation. These funders have invested an additional $10.5 million to expand the projects to the ten new cities, which include three in the Midwest: Des Moines, St. Louis and St. Paul. Click to read more.

Solar and Energy Efficiency Need to Work Together Like Peanut Butter and Jelly

By Steven Nadel, Executive Director of the American Council for an
Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Republished by The Energy Collective

Click solar map to enlarge it. 


Energy efficiency and solar advocates have on occasion butted heads over which option should be implemented in homes and buildings first and how much should be installed before the other is considered. Here at ACEEE we believe that, like market solutions vs. energy efficiency programs, this is a false choice. Both are valuable and can, and should, work together as an integrated solution to create cleaner and cheaper energy. While energy efficiency is just as clean as solar when it comes to emissions, efficiency by itself can’t produce energy for customers looking for a clean energy option, and solar without energy efficiency can’t reach the full extent of its potential. Continue reading.

Report: Efficiency could provide big benefits to low-income renters

Photo: Christa Lowman / Creative Commons

Photo: Christa Lowman / Creative Commons

Written by Kari Lydersen, Midwest Energy News

Low-income households spend up to three times as much of their income on energy costs as higher-income households do, and would benefit significantly from efficiency upgrades, according to a new report. The report, released Wednesday by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and the coalition Energy Efficiency for All, examined data from 48 U.S. cities. Read more here.

OPPD’s “Smart Steps to Saving Energy”
is a multi-phase program for income-qualified customers. Program and workshop information:
Website: www.oppd.com/smartsteps
Email: smartsteps@oppd.com
Telephone: Judi Martin, 402-636-3654
SEE ALSO: OPPD Develops Program to Help Low Usage / Low Income Customers
Lincoln Electric System’s Sustainable Energy Program
(Balance as of April 15, 2016: $2,427,055)
By taking advantage of the Sustainable Energy Program, you can save money, help reduce the need for energy during expensive peak periods and help delay the necessity to build high-cost power plants. LES incentive funds are available to residential and business customers for pre-approved energy-efficient equipment.

Cost-effective tips to reduce energy use from NPPD

By the North Platte Bulletin


It has been a cool and wet spring in Nebraska, but as the official start of summer June 21 nears, temperatures are starting to rise, accompanied by an increase in electricity usage, which could result in higher than normal electric bills.

Some energy tips from the Nebraska Public Power District:

Click here to check them out.

Note: Nebraskans for Solar supports a comprehensive approach to green energy locally, nationally and globally. Green energy includes renewable sources such as solar, wind, and geothermal, for example, but it also includes energy that is never used as a result of efficiency and conservation measures. As the popular saying goes, “The cleanest and greenest energy of all is energy that is never used.”