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Morrissey Engineering

Inside Business, Omaha World-Herald

Morrissey Engineering announced that its headquarters, the 4940 Building, has been awarded LEED Platinum certification under the v4.1 O+M beta rating system. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

This is the second LEED Platinum certification for the 4940 Building, which became the first Platinum certified project in the state of Nebraska in 2009 as part of original construction. The certification is also the first of its kind in the U.S. Continue reading here.


Note: Jared Friesen, NABCEP-Certified Renewable Energy Specialist with Morrissey Engineering, is Nebraskans for Solar’s immediate Past President, having served as President in 2017. Nebraskans for Solar’s board has the governance structure of President, President-Elect and Past President.


Henry Doorly Zoo Solar Shade Canopy Utilizing Bifacial Solar Panels

  • OPPD, UNMC partner on state’s largest rooftop solar array, The Wire, OPPD Blog
    The UNMC campus will soon house 1,487 solar panels in a rooftop solar installation atop three campus buildings: the Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education, Truhlsen Eye Institute, and the Harold M. and Beverly Maurer Center for Public Health. The panels will generate up to 500 kilowatts of solar-powered electricity to help power UNMC, beginning in 2019. Morrissey Engineering also provided design services and project management for solar installations at the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium’s Skyfari station at the Africa Grasslands exhibit, Lincoln Electric System’s Service Center, the Bellevue Public Safety building, and several Baxter auto dealerships in Lincoln and Omaha.
  • Five ‘Solar-Ready’ Building Preparation Tips, written by Jared Friesen

UNMC to get 1,500 solar panels, enough to equal electricity use of 60 homes

By Julie Anderson, Omaha World-Herald

There is no shortage of rooftops on the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s growing campus. Now the university is working to put some of that space to another use, partnering with the Omaha Public Power District to install nearly 1,500 solar panels on top of three campus buildings.

The installation, which will total 500 kilowatts of solar capacity, is expected to become the largest rooftop solar array in the state. At that size, the array’s energy production will equal the average annual electricity use of 60 homes in OPPD’s service territory, said Jared Friesen of Morrissey Engineering, which designed the project. Continue reading here.

Photo Credit: Morrissey Engineering

Telesis Inc’s net-zero energy business complex in Lincoln’s Haymarket is the next largest rooftop solar array in Nebraska.

Project: J-Tech Solar collaborated with SWT Energy on this nearly 300-kilowatt photovoltaic system on top of the former Meadow Gold Dairy House at Seventh and M Streets in Lincoln’s historic Haymarket. The business complex is now owned by Telesis, Inc. With 940 solar panels, the array is one of the largest privately-owned solar projects in Nebraska.

J-Tech’s thirteen-member installation crew worked closely with restoration contractors to integrate the system into existing and historical structures. Federal tax incentives, rebates from Lincoln Electric System and the steady rise in the cost of electricity were driving factors in the owner’s decision to complete such a large project. Also, the price of solar systems has decreased more than 70% since 2009.
News Story: Telesis going for net-zero energy use in Dairy House complex, by Nicholas Bergin, Lincoln Journal Star

Nebraska Medicine, UNMC set goal to become carbon neutral by 2030

By Julie Anderson, Omaha World-Herald

The University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine have set some big goals over the years when it comes to bolstering research and cancer care. Now the university and its clinical partner are taking a similar approach to their efforts to reduce emissions, waste and water use. Over the next 13 years, a new set of goals calls for the partners to become carbon neutral, with all the energy they use coming from renewable resources produced either on or off campus. Click here to continue reading.

Photo: A new, more efficient chiller is installed by crane at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in December. It uses a new eco-friendly refrigerant that doesn’t deplete ozone. It is the only chiller in the United States that uses that refrigerant.

University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine Sustainability Master Plan, 2014-2023

UNMC and Nebraska Medicine Reduce Energy Use by 25 Percent

UNMC-LogoHealth News Digest – Imagine cutting 25 percent energy consumption from your home. It’s a tall order for a residence, but even more so when your ‘home’ spans more than 100 acres. That’s why the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and its primary clinical partner, Nebraska Medicine, are proud of having reached its energy reduction goals. The medical center’s main campus at 42nd and Emile streets used 25 percent less energy in 2015 than it did five years ago, despite adding more square footage to campus. This conservatively equates to more than $10 million in money the medical center would have had to spend, said Chad Doane, director of strategic energy initiatives at UNMC. Continue reading.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Commits to President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge

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Excerpted from the White House Fact Sheet

As a cornerstone of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Better Buildings Initiative is aimed at achieving the goal of doubling American energy productivity by 2030 while motivating corporate and public-sector leaders across the country to save energy through voluntary commitments. This means saving hundreds of billions of dollars on energy bills, reducing GHG emissions, and creating thousands of jobs. Through Better Buildings, public and private sector organizations across the country are working together to share and replicate positive gains in energy efficiency.

Yesterday the White House announced that 24 more cities, states, and businesses have committed to join the President’s Better Buildings Challenge  to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings 20 Percent by 2020. These 24 new partners represent 38 million square feet of building space, and 11 plants and facilities.

Since its launch in 2011 more than 285 organizations have made the commitment to partner with the Energy Department to achieve 20 percent portfolio-wide energy savings across a total of 4 billion square feet of building space, and share successful strategies that maximize efficiency over the next decade.

The new partners and their commitments include the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) – 6.5 million square feet.

FACT SHEET: Cities, Utilities, and Businesses Commit to Unlocking Access to Energy Data for Building Owners and Improving Energy Efficiency