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Nationally Recognized Solar Expert & Author Will Be Special Guest At February 12th Event

Sponsors: Nebraskans for Solar & Omaha Sierra Club 

Everyone who attends Michael Shonka’s presentation on Nebraska’s first solar farm on Thursday, February 12th will receive an added bonus—an early Valentine’s Day gift!

Michael has invited his friend and colleague from New Mexico, Chuck Marken, a nationally recognized solar expert and author, as his co-presenter. (Please see his bio, below). They will each speak for about 45 minutes, with Chuck providing a national perspective on solar farms and other topics. Time will be allotted for questions from the audience.

Chuck Marken is an instructor for Solar Energy International and a licensed electrical, plumbing and HVAC-R contractor in New Mexico. He started installing solar water heating systems in 1979 and PV systems in 1983. Chuck is also a technical editor for Home Power and SolarPro magazines and has authored more than 50 articles on solar topics. He has hands-on experience selling, installing and servicing hundreds of solar energy systems of all types – including off-grid and grid-connected PV systems, hot water and swimming pool solar systems.

After founding and owning AAA Solar for more than 25 years, he sold the company in 2010. He has, through contracts with Sandia National Laboratories supported the US Department of Energy, served as an expert for the Solar Instructor Training Network and Solar America Cities program. He has also taught classes and workshops for numerous other educational and not-for-profit organizations in the US and is the co-author of the current NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Resource Guide.

Questions? Suggestions? Please email NFS Events Organizer, Helen Deffenbacher at nebraskansforsolar@gmail.com.

December Workshop: The Economics of Generating Your Own Solar Electricity

Speaker: Jared Friesen, Renewable Energy Specialist at Morrissey Engineering
When: December 11, 2014  – 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: UNO’s Community Engagement Center, 64th & Dodge, Large Meeting Room 201

No matter how efficient a home or commercial building is constructed, electricity will be consumed in its operation. Historically, producing your own clean OR dirty electric energy at a price competitive with purchasing it from the local utility was not practical or economically feasible. The precipitous drop in photovoltaic (PV) system hardware costs, ability to maintain utility grid support, and other available incentives have changed the economic reality for some building owners. With the developing PV industry in mind, this presentation will cover:

  • What is the “value of solar” as it relates to the electric utility and electric user
  • What is net metering, is it fair, and what are its pitfalls
  • Performance and economic metrics a potential solar owner should understand
  • The attainable levelized cost of solar-electric energy that can be compared directly to current OPPD energy prices for residential and small commercial customers
  • Steps that must be taken to realize an attractive levelized cost of solar electricity
  • Q&A

Interested attendees are invited to bring one year (12 consecutive months) of electric bills for self-evaluation during the talk.

The workshop is free & open to the public, so please join us and bring a friend! Refreshments provided. Free parking is available in the reserved lot to the north of the Community Engagement Center, near the Durham Bell Tower. Let the lot attendant know you’re there for the Nebraskans for Solar workshop in Room 201. Parking is also permitted in other lots.

Sponsors include: Nebraskans for Solar, Green Bellevue, Omaha Sierra Club, Nebraska Wildlife Federation, Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light, and Transition Omaha