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Smart Energy event will focus on ‘changing times,’ electric vehicles and renewable energy

 By Elizabeth Rembert, Omaha World-Herald

The event comes as the area faces an imminent transition. We want to give people the security in knowing that Nebraska is a leader in modern energy. And that by seeing that leadership, people can feel supported in their own renewable energy decisions. We’re all moving in the right direction.  

– Anne McCollister, Executive Director of the Nebraska Community Energy Alliance

Read the entire article here to learn more about Smart Energy Talks. A Virtual Solar Tour of local installations in the greater Omaha area also will be a part of the event.

Photo: Electric vehicle event in Central City, Nebraska. Anne McCollister, far right.

Watch Green Bellevue’s March Presentation: “Solar Powering Your Home”

Last Sunday Green Bellevue presented the solar energy workshop, “Solar Powering Your Home: Learn how to install solar panels step-by-step.”

If you missed it, you can watch it now on YouTube or on Bellevue Television (BTV), Cox Cable Channel 17:

Wednesdays: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Thursdays: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m..

In the presentation, David Holtzclaw, Energy Consultant and Owner of Transduction Technologies, discusses the process of installing residential (and small business) solar generators, describing the steps and considerations involved. 

Don Preister, Green Bellevue President and Councilman, then walks viewers through his own experience of installing a home solar system this past year.

Co-Sponsors: Green Omaha Coalition &  Nebraskans for Solar

Solar Information for Consumers: A Guide For States


New Clean Energy States Alliance Webinar & Guide 

States have an increasingly important opportunity to present the public with sound, unbiased, user-friendly information on solar energy. To help states play this role, the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) has produced Solar Information for Consumers: A Guide for States.

The guide explains why states should provide consumer information on solar, describes the types of information that can be useful, and points out existing educational efforts by states and other entities that provide models and useful resource information. Although the focus of the guide is on educational efforts by states, its messages and approaches can apply to municipalities, counties, and municipal utilities that want to provide consumers with information on solar.

In a webinar on Thursday, November 17, CESA’s Executive Director Warren Leon will provide an overview of the new program guide. There will be time to address questions from the audience.

This publication is one in a series of guides being produced by CESA as part of its Sustainable Solar Education Project.

Dageforde Net-Zero Solar Home Tour

Please join Nebraskans for Solar this Wednesday, July 27th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for the tour!
Where: 11672 Old Mill Drive – Blair, Nebraska


Our Tour Guide will be Darren Dageforde, Executive Director of Utilities & Energy Utilization, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Refreshments will be served.

Click here for additional details, including the home’s features that will be highlighted during the tour, driving directions,
and carpooling information.

NFS Takes Whimsical Clubhouse Off the Grid


Written by Jared Friesen, Renewable Energy Specialist, NFS President-Elect,
Project Developer with NFS President Eric Williams

Not only do solar-electric panels only produce power during the day, they don’t provide the constant voltage needed to directly power electric devices.

This project, led by Goodwill YouthBuild’s construction training program, allowed students to see how a long-life lithium-ion battery of similar chemistry to what would be found in a Tesla EV can provide the backbone needed to support solar-powered electronic devices day or night, without backup from the electric grid.

Nebraskans for Solar (NFS) sponsored the solar and battery power supply so this structure could house an array of fun and useful components such as: Click here to continue reading.