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Local Solar Examples & Solar Watch Parties

The first Nebraska “Solar Examples” are now posted in alphabetical order on our website. Click on the icon on the menu bar at the top of this page to view them. This is a work-in-progress. If you’ve installed solar on your home, business, or nonprofit and would like to include your project in this resource, please send a brief description, one or two photos, and any news stories or announcements about it to Helen Deffenbacher at: nebraskansforsolar@gmail.com.

Fifty-eight solar panels line the roof of the Unitarian Church of Lincoln. The panels were part of a $2.5 million renovation project, which included geothermal heating and cooling, as well as room for 42 more solar panels in the future. Photo: Lincoln Journal Star

Fifty-eight solar panels line the roof of the Unitarian Church of Lincoln. The panels were part of a $2.5 million renovation project, which included geothermal heating and cooling, as well as room for 42 more solar panels in the future. Photo: Lincoln Journal Star

The primary focus is on the projects themselves rather than on the installer or developer. News stories and other links may include this information, however. Thank you to everyone who sent examples. Questions about any of the current “Solar Examples” can also be sent to the same email address and, upon request, forwarded to the project designer and installer.

SOLAR WATCH PARTIES
If you plan to install solar on your home, business, or nonprofit and you and your installer would like to host a Solar Watch Party, please email Helen Deffenbacher at the above address. As announced at our last workshop on May 14th, we’re planning fun and educational watch parties this summer and fall in collaboration with local solar professionals and DIY installers in Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue, and other communities. Our goal is to have at least one watch party at a solar-powered farm.

Tanderup Farm’s Solar Array

The purpose of these parties is to demonstrate that going solar is not as complicated as some may think. Everyone interested will be invited to bring lawn chairs to watch an installation, for as long as you care to stay, and to learn, firsthand, the steps involved in going solar. Children, with the suggested ages of 8 and older, are invited but must be accompanied by a parent or grandparent. Pastries from Two Birds Bakery as well as a list of additional solar installations, with addresses and maps, from our “Solar Examples” will also be available for self-guided tours. Watch our website calendar and Facebook page for an announcement of our first Solar Watch Party.

RECOMMENDED SUMMER READING & VIEWING

 Solar Electricity Handbook – 2015 Edition, by Michael Boxwell. In January Nebraskans for Solar donated two copies to the W. Dale Clark Library. If you live in the Omaha area, you can request that it be sent to your neighborhood library. Telephone: 402-444-4800

Solar Electricity Handbook1

Solar Energy Basics – Videos
Energy 101 Video: Solar Photovoltaics
Solar Water Heater Basics
Small Solar Electric Systems

For more educational resources, projects and activities for all ages, and links to local, national, and global renewable energy news, click on “Resources” and “News/Blog” on the menu bar above, or visit Nebraskans for Solar’s Facebook page.

New NFS Project – Plus Summer Solar Watch Parties

We hope you are enjoying these last remaining days of spring! We’ve provided information, below, about a new project we’re developing and our Solar Watch Parties. As always, thank you for all that you are doing to advance renewable energy in Nebraska, and we hope to see you soon at one or more of our summer events!

NEW NFS PROJECT
We are currently putting together a new online resource, “Solar Examples,” for our website and Facebook page. If you’ve installed solar on your home, business, or nonprofit and would like to help us put together this resource, please send a brief description (one paragraph is sufficient), one or more photos, and any news stories or other online links about the project.

Habitat for Humanity of Omaha Home

Habitat for Humanity of Omaha Home

This will be a work-in-progress that we’ll begin posting on our website & Facebook page soon. The primary focus will be on the projects themselves rather than on the installer or developer. News stories and other links may include this information, however. Please email a brief description of your solar installation and photos to Helen Deffenbacher: nebraskansforsolar@gmail.com. We’ll have our first dozen or so examples up very soon. Thank you for your help!

SOLAR WATCH PARTIES
As announced at our last workshop on May 14th, we’re planning fun and educational watch parties this summer in collaboration with solar professionals and DIY installers in Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue, and other communities. Our goal is to have at least one watch party at a solar-powered farm or winery.

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Hyde Memorial Observatory in Lincoln

The purpose of these parties is to demonstrate that going solar is not as complicated as some may think. Everyone interested will be invited to bring lawn chairs to watch an installation, for as long as you care to stay, and to learn, firsthand, the steps involved in going solar. Children, with the suggested ages of 8 and older, are invited as well, but they must be accompanied by a parent or grandparent.

Pastries from Two Birds Bakery as well as a list of additional solar installations, with addresses and maps, from our “Solar Examples” will also be available for self-guided tours. Watch our website calendar and Facebook page for an announcement of our first Solar Watch Party.