Free Solar Energy Kits
Nebraska Solar Schools is a Nebraskans for Solar program that has its own website. Through grants from the Nebraska Environmental Trust and the Facebook Foundation, our nonprofit is able to provide free NEED Solar Energy Kits to K-12 Nebraska schools.

The Facebook-funded solar kits are available to Sarpy County schools. Those purchased with NET grant money are available to schools in all other counties. 
Curriculum materials are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core standards. The kits will remain available until April 30, 2021, or for as long as quantities last. NEED Solar Kit Request Form
Free Wind Energy Workshops & Kits 
The NEED Project is hosting virtual wind energy workshops on September 24th & October 17th from 9 am to 3 pm. They are free for K-12 Nebraska teachers and STEM educators. Also free for participants: a hands-on wind education kit for your school. 

Click on a date for more information and to register.
REAP Seeks Applications for Grants & Loans 
The USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) seeks applications for loan guarantees and grants for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvement projects.

Questions? Contact USDA State Energy Coordinator Jeff Carpenter
Energy Resources for New Farmers & Ranchers
The USDA is sponsoring the development of a new series of extension materials designed specifically with new farmers in mind. Energy Answers for the Beginning Farmer & Rancher utilizes farm energy experts from university extension programs across the country, including Nebraska Extension. The project's collection of short videos includes What is it like to apply for farm energy incentive programs like REAP?
New SolSmart Solar + EV Guide
This new report outlines key strategies including educating community members on the benefits of PV and EVs, organizing group purchase campaigns to support both technologies, providing financial and non-financial incentives on EV and PV regulation, and adjusting local regulations to reduce costs and ease integration.
Featured Solar Installation
The Dundee Bank in Omaha

Project: 14.4 kilowatt solar array designed by Bluestem Energy Solutions and installed by Boyd Jones
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