Our Current Green Watts for Good 
Solar & Energy Conservation Projects 
Heartland Hope Mission 

The 5-kilowatt PV system has been installed and inspected and is now generating clean energy. Plenty of roof space is available for Heartland Hope Mission to add to it in the future.
No More Empty Pots

We are partnering with No More Empty Pots and Creighton University on the common goal of reducing the Food Hub’s electricity bills with solar and energy conservation.
Read more about both projects on our Green Watts for Good page .
Calling All Nebraska Nonprofits!
You're Invited To Participate In A New Initiative
Louis Lester, Nebraskans for Solar’s Energy Conservation Projects Coordinator, is working with Heartland Hope Mission and No More Empty Pots to develop case studies based on his analyses of their electricity usage and demand charges. He will provide them with ways, both large and small, in which they can save energy and money. This information will be presented to all interested Nebraska nonprofits in an upcoming virtual workshop and discussion.

To participate in the initiative, download and complete a one-page  Nonprofit Energy / Solar Survey . Don’t worry if you aren’t able to answer all the questions. Louis will discuss each energy-related item in his presentation. Please keep a copy for the virtual workshop and email your survey as an attachment to nebraskansforsolar@gmail.com
Nebraska Solar Schools Update
Nebraska Solar Schools is a Nebraskans for Solar program that has its own website. The purpose of our Solar Energy Education & Development Program is to provide resources for K-12 teachers to facilitate integration of renewable energy education into their classrooms or after-school programs. Resources are also provided for those who want to install a photovoltaic (PV) system at their schools.

In April 2019 the Nebraska Environmental Trust awarded a $31,250 grant to Nebraskans for Solar to fund Nebraska Solar Schools’ project of providing National Energy Education Development (NEED) Solar Energy Kits to K-12 schools requesting them. Funds remain in the grant for about 40 kits. 
 
In March 2020 Nebraskans for Solar received a Facebook Community Action Grant to support the Nebraska Solar Schools program. The grant specifically will provide schools in Sarpy County with NEED Solar Energy Kits for enhancement of STEM programming. 
 
Both of these projects will start up on September 1, 2020 with the release of the 2020 – 2021 editions of the NEED Solar Energy Kits. These educational projects would not be possible without funding from the Nebraska Environmental Trust and the Facebook Foundation.
 
Click here to learn more about the projects and the NEED Solar Energy Kits.
Fun & Educational Resources For All Ages
Nifty Fifty: Environmental Activities Kids Can Do At Home
Environment America, a national network of environmental groups, has put together a collection of activities on the following topics that you and your kids can do at home: Climate Change; Waste Reduction; Plants; Waterways; Parks and Conservation; Protecting birds, bees and other wildlife; Healthier home and community.
Free Online Course For High School Students & Adults
Solar Energy International's free online course is offered in English or Spanish: RE100: Introduction To Renewable Energy
RE100 covers the basics of renewable energy and is a great introduction for those new to the field, those who are looking to make a career change, or those who just want to learn more about energy from the sun, wind, and water, energy efficiency, and the basics of electricity. Join the tens of thousands of individuals who have completed the RE100 course. You won’t emerge as an expert, but you will learn a lot about the different technologies and trends, what situations are more appropriate for one type of renewable energy system versus another, and how to make a difference with your own energy consumption. This course also serves as an introduction to SEI’s online campus.
Featured Books For Do-It-Yourselfers
This book, by Micah Toll, teaches you everything you need to know about custom solar powered systems and other projects. Learn about topics from small scale solar powered projects like portable phone chargers all the way up to large off-grid and grid-tied home solar power systems, and even mobile solar power for RVs and other vehicles and boats.
 
Through detailed directions and step-by-step photos, veteran solar installer Joseph Burdick and seasoned builder Philip Schmidt teach you how to determine the size, placement, and type of installation you’ll need. This comprehensive DIY guide covers everything from assembling rooftop racking or building a ground-mounted structure to setting up the electrical connections and making a battery bank for off-grid systems.

Nebraskans for Solar Resources
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Thank you for all you are doing to advance renewable energy in our state!