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Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign Update

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our Indiegogo campaign, “Solar Power for Habitat for Humanity Families:” www.tinyurl.com/Omahasolar

With your donations and a major contribution from Bank of the West, we are currently close to having sufficient funds to solar power the first two houses:

1st House: Benson Neighborhood (Rehab) started in March
2nd House: South Omaha (Rehab) started in May
3rd House: South Omaha (Rehab) started in May
4th House: North Omaha (New) started in April
5th House: North Omaha (New) July start

These local families will be able to reduce their monthly energy costs by harnessing power from the sun for the next 20 to 25 years!

The money they save can be spent on food, healthcare, education, and other needs, benefiting their families and communities for a very long time.

Each solar hot water system is compact but powerful, generating about the same amount of energy per day as a 3-kilowatt solar electric system, or twelve 250-watt solar panels.

If you haven’t contributed yet, there are two ways you can help: by making a contribution of $10 or more and by spreading the word about our project to your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors.

All Indiegogo funds will go directly to Habitat for Humanity of Omaha for these five demonstration solar-powered low-income houses, and all donations are tax deductible.

Your gift will pay you back, greening your community and raising awareness about solar energy and how it benefits people and the environment!

Thank you for supporting renewable energy!

Nebraskans for Solar & Habitat for Humanity of Omaha

 

Solar Powering Local Habitat for Humanity Homes Through Crowdfunding

Nebraskans for Solar and Habitat for Humanity of Omaha have launched a campaign on the popular crowdfunding site, Indiegogo: www.tinyurl.com/Omahasolar

Our goal is to raise $32,500 to install solar hot water systems on five new or rehabilitated houses.

These Habitat families will then have the means to reduce their monthly energy costs by harnessing power from the sun for the next 20 to 25 years. The money they save can be spent on food, healthcare, education, and other needs, benefiting their families and communities for a very long time. These houses will serve to raise awareness about solar technology and how it benefits people and the environment.

A growing number of communities across the country are solar powering Habitat for Humanity and other low-income houses, ensuring that low-income families aren’t left out of the “solar revolution.” That’s our organizations’ major goal, too.

All Indiegogo funds raised will be paid directly to Habitat for Humanity of Omaha for these five demonstration solar-powered low-income houses. Donations are tax deductible.

A number of local and national organizations are helping Nebraskans for Solar and Habitat for Humanity of Omaha spread the word about our Indiegogo campaign to people who support solar energy in our communities. We wish to thank the following organizations: Community Power Network, Green Bellevue, Green Omaha Coalition, Institute for Local Self Reliance, Nebraska 350.Org, Nebraska Farmers Union, Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light, Nebraska Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club, Sustainability Leadership Institute, and Transition U.S.

Promoting Solar Energy in Nebraska

Nebraska has tremendous potential for solar energy production, as high as ninth in the nation according to one source.  Currently, however, solar accounts for less than 1/2 of 1% of electricity production in our state.

Nebraskans for Solar (NFS), a public interest nonprofit, incorporated in 2012, has as one of its missions to develop a statewide Solar Powered Low-Income Housing Program in partnership with other nonprofits that build or rehabilitate low-income housing.  As low-income families pay a higher percentage of their income on domestic energy needs than everyone else, NFS seeks to provide them with the means to reduce their utility bills by being able to generate their own clean, renewable energy, energy that will never increase in price.  The money these families save can be spent on food, education, and other needs.

Initially, NFS is focusing its efforts in North and South Omaha.  These are regions in our state where a major percentage of low-income families are concentrated.  North Omaha, in particular, has one of the highest levels of poverty among minorities in the entire nation.

NFS and one of its community partners, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha, raised funds to install solar hot water systems on two energy-efficient Habitat houses in North Omaha in November of 2013.  These two homes are currently the only two solar-powered Habitat homes in Nebraska.  However, NFS and Habitat for Humanity of Omaha are seeking to raise funds to install solar hot water systems on 5 more Habitat homes and will launch a crowd funding campaign on the website Indiegogo on April 8, 2014.  These homes as well as the two previous installations will provide models for a statewide Solar-Powered, Low-Income Housing Program.