Nebraskans for Solar would like to thank everyone who braved the cold and wind to attend yesterday’s solar tour, as well as the following speakers who kindly took time out of their busy schedules to meet with us at the different sites:
Dr. Michael Cherney at Creighton University; Lee and Scott Bowen, Signs and Shapes International; Crystal Rhoades and Michael Shonka, Metropolitan Community College; Blake Johnson, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha; and Ken Engle, a homeowner who has installed his own large solar and small wind energy systems.
We also thank the following renewable energy advocacy groups for co-sponsoring the event with Nebraskans for Solar: Bold Nebraska, Clean Energy Omaha, Douglas County Farmers Union, Green Bellevue, Guardians of the Good Life, Missouri Valley Group of the Sierra Club, Nebraska 350.Org, Nebraska Solar Energy Society, Nebraska Wildlife Federation, Omaha Biofuels Cooperative, and Transition Omaha.
At the tour we learned about new solar installations that have been completed recently and about others that will soon be installed. These will provide a great start for a second solar tour next spring!
As our organization receives funding from one or more foundations we’ve applied to under the fiscal sponsorship of the Omaha Community Foundation, as well as additional grants we’ll qualify for when we receive our own 501(c)3, we look forward to continuing to work with Habitat for Humanity of Omaha and many other local nonprofit groups. Working together we can reduce poverty in Nebraska, create jobs for our solar trainees, educate school age youth and the general public about solar and other sources of renewable energy, and benefit local economies and the environment.
Nebraskans for Solar Board member, David Corbin, took photographs of the tour, which can be viewed here: www.flickr.com/photos/27026236@N07/sets/72157636989178785/