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Nebraskans honored as White House “champions of change for sustainable and climate-smart agriculture”

Norfolk Daily News 

In an effort to conserve the use of fossil fuels, [Martin] Kleinschmit now owns and manages MarLin Wind & Solar, LLC. He currently holds positions on a rural water district board and the Nebraska Farmers Union. His wife, Linda, also is a longtime champion for the family farm, preservation of natural resources and the rural way of life. The other Nebraska honorees are Keith Berns and his brother, Brian, who are co-owners and operators of Providence Farms at Bladen. The 2,000-acre diversified family-farming operation and Green Cover Seed, is one of the nation’s leading providers of cover-crop information and seed. Read more here.

Martin Kleinschmit

Martin Kleinschmit

Keith and Brian Berns

Keith and Brian Berns

 

 

 

 

 

White House News Release: FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Announces New Efforts to Promote Sustainable and Climate-Smart AgricultureThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced funding for more than 1,100 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects to help rural small businesses and agricultural producers reduce energy usage and costs in their operations nationwide.

Solar Powering Your Community: Fremont, Nebraska

Sponsored by the City of Fremont

Local governments interested in learning about how to make their community solar ready in the Fremont, NE region are invited to a free workshop with national and local experts on Wednesday, May 27th at the Christensen Field Meeting Room. (Please see our calendar for additional details).

This interactive workshop will provide actionable information on creating local-level solar policies and permitting processes.

Areas of focus include:

  1. The benefits and barriers of solar development in Nebraska;
  2. Understanding the regulatory landscape of solar;
  3. Getting Fremont solar ready; and
  4. Innovative financing options for solar projects.

Lunch Provided for Registered Participants
REGISTER HERE.
Email questions to solar@icma.org

The U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative Workshop, Solar Powering Your Community: Omaha, which Nebraskans for Solar helped the City of Omaha organize and present, was held on June 7, 2013 at Metro Community College.

LES gets 78 proposals for community solar energy project

by Algis J. Laukaitis, Lincoln Journal Star

When Lincoln Electric System asked developers to submit proposals for a community solar project, administrators of the city-owned utility didn’t know if they’d get any responses.

They got 78 proposals from 14 developers who want to build projects ranging in size from 100 to 2,000 kilowatts, in and around Lincoln.

The goal of the community solar project is to give LES customers who don’t have suitable roofs for solar panels — or who have roofs pointing in a wrong direction or no individual roofs at all — a way to support a renewable energy project, possibly by purchasing shares.

Scott Benson, manager of resources and transmission planning, said those details will be worked out soon. LES staff will evaluate the proposals and give a recommendation to the LES administrative board July 18.

To continue reading, click here: www.journalstar.com/news/local/les-gets-proposals-for-community-solar-energy-project/article_893579d0-1e05-55cf-aa01-568c890745df.html

 

Thank you to everyone who supported our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign!

Nebraskans for Solar and Habitat for Humanity of Omaha would like to thank everyone who contributed to our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, “Solar Power for Habitat for Humanity Families.”

Over 100 donors supported the campaign, including:

Bank of the West $2,500
Bold Nebraska $1,000
An anonymous contribution from a California couple $500
43 contributions from 2014 Earth Day events $725
67 donations on our Indiegogo campaign site $10, 885

100% of these funds will be used to solar power two Habitat for Humanity houses, one in the Benson neighborhood and another one in South Omaha. Nebraskans for Solar and Habitat for Humanity of Omaha are continuing to raise funds to solar power three additional houses in 2014.

These 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.

As we stated throughout our Indiegogo campaign, these gifts will pay our contributors back, greening our community and raising awareness about solar energy and how it benefits people and the environment.

As soon as all five houses are built or rehabilitated and the solar systems installed, each of our donors will receive an invitation to a solar tour and presentation.

We also wish to thank our supporting organizations for their help in spreading the word about our campaign to people who want more renewable energy in our communities:

Bold Nebraska, 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.

Helen Deffenbacher, Fundraising/Grants Director, Nebraskans for Solar hdeffenbacher@cox.net

Kathy Katt, Senior Director of Development and Marketing, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha kkatt@habitatomaha.org

 

Inviting All Green Energy Supporters to an Earth Day Challenge!

To all Green Energy Supporters:

Nebraskans for Solar and Habitat for Humanity of Omaha have set a goal to increase the number of funders on our Indiegogo campaign to 50 or more by Earth Day Omaha this Saturday, April 19th: www.tinyurl.com/Omahasolar

Please make a contribution of $10 or more and help us reach our goal! And please share our campaign information with your families, friends, co-workers and neighbors.

Your gift will pay you back – greening our community and raising awareness about solar energy and how it benefits people and the environment.

And if you plan to come to Elmwood Park on Saturday to celebrate Earth Day, please stop by Nebraskans for Solar’s table to see the world’s smallest solar-powered racecar–and a very large group of solar-powered grasshoppers!

You can also view our campaign video, thanks to the Dundee Community Garden for lending us their solar power kit! We hope to see you there!

Please check our Updates on our Indiegogo page for news about the first two Habitat for Humanity houses that will be solar powered with campaign funds and which neighborhoods they’re in, and media and organizations that are helping us spread the word about our campaign: www.tinyurl.com/Omahasolar

Thank you for all you do!

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.

LES wants to revamp its renewable energy rates

By Algis J. Laukaitis / Lincoln Journal Star

It’s a homeowner’s dream: Install a solar or wind energy system, use the power you need and then sell the rest to your local utility.

Despite the up-front cost of installing equipment, more homeowners and businesses are looking into making that dream a reality. Others already have.

The city of Lincoln, for example, has installed a $48,000 solar energy system at its police substation at 27th and Holdrege streets, and the Unitarian Church of Lincoln at 63rd and A is adding a geothermal and solar energy system as part of a $2.4 million renovation and expansion project . . .

Continue reading this article by clicking on this link:
http://journalstar.com/news/local/les-wants-to-revamp-its-renewable-energy-rates/article_23cc0a6c-6c55-57af-b013-1d16aaaca1d4.html

LES staff will discuss proposed changes to its rate structure for solar and other renewable energy projects on March 5, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Center for People in Need, 3901 N. 27th St., Unit 1.

From 7-8 p.m., staff will talk about the recently completed “Value of Distributed Solar Study.”