NWS Conference Webinar Recording Available!
Nebraska Wind & Solar Conference Renewable Energy Series:
Consumer Webinar for Residential/Small Business Solar

This in-depth discussion covers a variety of areas for consumers who are considering making an investment in solar energy for residential, business, and agriculture systems. Topics include an overview of the investment cost, benefits and limitations of net metering, the value of energy storage in Nebraska, the utility interconnection process, website resources available to consumers, and potential financing and tax credits.
 
Speakers

  • David Rich, Sustainable Energy Manager, NPPD
  • John Hay, Extension Educator - Energy, UNL
  • Ron Rose, Renewable Energy Consultant, NPPD
  • Kirk Estee, Customer Alternative Energy Solutions, OPPD
  • Marc Shkolnick, Manager, Energy Services, LES

Click here to watch the webinar on YouTube and here to access the PowerPoint presentation.
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In Case You Missed This Good News
Board Approves Net Metering Change, The Wire

OPPD customers who want to generate their own energy have increased options for doing so starting Sept. 1. OPPD’s Board of Directors approved an increase to “the aggregate system size limit for net metering services” at its August board meeting. The limit increases from 25 kilowatts (kW) to 100kW. The change accommodates customers who are seeking options in generating their own energy. The board passed the resolution unanimously. Learn more here.

  • For more information about how to go solar with OPPD, visit: www.OPPD.com/COG
  • OPPD Pathways to Decarbonization Resources: Click here to view recordings of past workshops and a summary video of all of them.
  • OPPD Decarbonization Customer Pathway Survey. You have the opportunity to provide feedback through September 12, 2021. 
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Q&A
In each newsletter we feature a question and answer about renewable energy and related issues. Please send your questions to nebraskansforsolar@gmail.com
Q: A while back you posted a link to Nebraska Extension Educator John Hay’s webinars on solar energy at NPPD’s website, but I haven’t been able to find them. Will you please provide the link again, along with links to available incentives?

A: The webinars are available at the link, below. Click on Videos. https://www.nppd.com/powering-nebraska/solar/resources

See Also

Links to Incentives
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Featured Solar Installation
Hastings Tribune

What started as a search for a plan to allow local farmer Tom Alberts to provide for his daughter has turned into a project that will benefit the entire community. Looking into an opportunity to provide future financial care for his special-needs daughter, Alika, Alberts contacted Interconnection Systems Inc., in Central City. They are an engineering, procurement and construction company for renewable solar energy and battery energy storage systems. The final agreement created a 1-megawatt solar project on nine acres of Alberts’ land near the corner of U.S. Highway 6 and Spur 18-G. 

Additional Interconnection Systems Inc Project 

“Valmont continues to grow the Good Life by investing in Nebraska,” said Governor Pete Ricketts. “The newly built solar field in Valley showcases Valmont’s innovation and contributes to the diverse energy resources we have in our state.”
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Nebraska Solar Schools
A number of K-12 schools have requested NEED Solar Energy Kits since we resumed our project of offering them free to schools throughout Nebraska. Educators plan to use them for their classroom enrichment programs, STEM Days, science clubs and fairs and other purposes and events.

The project is funded by the Nebraska Environmental Trust and Facebook’s Community Action Grants Program. The kits are shipped by UPS from the NEED Project headquarters in Manassas, Virginia to the superintendent, principal or teacher requesting them. Click here to learn more about the project or visit www.nebraskasolarschools.org

To request a kit for your school, click the following link to download and complete a one-pager: Free NEED Solar Kit Request Form

Photo: Duchesne Academy's 10-kilowatt solar array. See Solar Examples on our website for moe information.
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Featured Climate Website For Kids
Launched in 2010, NASA's Climate Kids website tells the story of our changing planet through the eyes of the NASA missions studying Earth. Targeting upper-elementary-aged children, the site is full of games, activities and articles that make climate science accessible and engaging. NASA is a world leader in climate studies and Earth science.

More Climate & Energy Resources

For Students 

For Parents & Teachers

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Renewable Energy Jobs & Resources
Google Search
 
An additional search strategy is to check for jobs listings on the websites of solar and wind energy companies that have installed renewable energy projects in Nebraska.
 
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Resources
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