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Inspiring community service story: Lee’s Summit animal shelter goes green with help from teen

By Anne Marie Hunger, Kansas City Star

The community dedicated to the animals at Lee’s Summit Animal Control extends beyond the staff and volunteers who meet their needs. Advocates and activists focused on the long-term future of the shelter help ensure it can continue to care for more than 4,000 animals a year. 18-year-old Zach Burton is one of those activists.

In 2016, Burton approached city officials with a plan to promote green energy in Lee’s Summit through a solar power project. Burton has worked with the city, architects and energy professionals over the past two years to bring his project to fruition at Lee’s Summit Animal Control. Read more here.

Photo: The 96 solar panels at the shelter will reduce energy expenses by over $135,000 over the course of 25 years.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED WEEKEND READING

NEWS FROM OTHER STATES

EXCELLENT ARTICLE BY KAREN UHLENHUTH
Nebraska tribe becomes a solar power leader on the Plains, Energy News Network

FEATURED NATIONAL NEWS

CORPORATE NEWS
Global Tech Giant Fujitsu Commits To 100% Renewable Electricity And Invests In Clean Energy Technologies, The Climate Group. IT giant Fujitsu has joined RE100 with a commitment to source 100% renewable electricity by 2050, with an interim target of 40% by 2030. Alongside investments in renewable energy technology, Fujitsu is also investing in its people. The company has been actively conducting seminars and events with an environmental focus for employees around the world. By educating staff on clean energy, Fujitsu aims to raise global awareness of renewable power.

RENEWABLE ENERGY LOAN PROGRAM
DOE rolls out $2B loan guarantee program for renewable energy on tribal lands, Utility Dive
Under the Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program, the DOE can guarantee up to 90% of the unpaid principal and interest of a loan made to a federally recognized Indian tribe for energy development.

INTERCONNECTION NEWS

RESEARCH

NET-ZERO ENERGY / COMMUNITY SOLAR NEWS

ENERGY STORAGE NEWS

  • Tesla Powerwalls and PowerPacks save Vermont $500,000 during heatwaves, PV Magazine
    Green Mountain Power suggests 500 distributed Tesla Powerwalls plus two larger energy storage facilities have saved its customers $500,000 this summer during peak demand hours.
  • CPS Energy sees storage as key element of energy transition, American Public Power Association. San Antonio, Texas-based public power utility CPS Energy is pursuing a so-called “Flexible Path” approach to energy, one that incorporates new energy storage technology to guide its ongoing transition from fossil fuels to renewables. “We want to look into new technology, innovation,” says CPS spokesman John Moreno. “We want to reduce our dependence on coal.”

SMART INVERTERS

Smart residential solar inverters prepping to run the grid

“The Zero Energy House – Key Features, Benefits & Value” Panel Presentation Hosted by Nebraskans for Solar

Tuesday, March 1st from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
UNO’s Community Engagement Center, Room 201, 64th & Dodge
This event is free and open to the public. 

PRESENTERS

  • Tim Hemsath, Associate Professor in UNL’s College of Architecture, Research Fellow, UNL’s Center for Urban Sustainability. Tim was the architect for the ZNETH and ZNETH II energy efficient prototypes working with the College of Engineering.
  • Mahmoud “Moe” Alahmad, PhD, Associate Professor in The Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His industry experience includes over 10 years of infrastructure planning, design and analysis of electrical distribution systems for the built environment.
  • Avery Schwer, PhD, Associate Professor in The Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Director for the Sustainable Communities Project. Teaches the sustainable construction courses. Research focuses on the investigation of renewable and sustainable high performance building & community applications.

THE PANELISTS WILL DISCUSS

  • What are Zero Net Energy Homes?
  • What are their benefits?
  • How do you design and build a Zero Energy Home?
  • How do you transform your existing home into a Zero Energy Home?
  • How affordable are Zero Energy Homes?
  • Are there any Zero Energy Homes available for sale in Nebraska?
  • Can a home produce MORE energy than it uses?

Reserved parking is available in the lot in front of the Community Engagement Center, near the Durham Bell Tower. Refreshments will be served. Please join us and bring a friend! Questions? Email nebraskansforsolar@gmail.com