No More Empty Pots Update - Our Next Steps 
As previously announced, Nebraskans for Solar, No More Empty Pots, and Creighton University are collaborating on the common goal of reducing the Food Hub’s electricity use through improved energy management and solar energy. The money No More Empty Pots will save on electric bills will provide meals to a great number of people over many years.

In separate campaigns, Nebraskans for Solar and No More Empty Pots raised funds for this purpose through Omaha Gives’ annual giving day on May 20th. Nebraskans for Solar raised nearly $6,000. An additional, anonymous donation to our Green Watts for Good fund brought the total amount to $10,000.
No More Empty Pots, founded by Nancy Williams, raised over $25,000, matching our contribution over two-and-a-half times! According to an  Omaha World-Herald  article on May 21st, No More Empty Pots was also the first nonprofit to receive Omaha Gives’ hourly-drawing prize of $1,000!

Our next steps will be for our board members to meet with CEO Nancy Williams and Dr. Andrew Baruth, Creighton University Energy Technology Program Chair, and students from his Energy Innovation class, to create a final plan. A top priority for No More Empty Pots is for their building to be net zero energy.
Under Dr. Baruth’s direction, students from his Energy Innovation course conducted a comprehensive energy study of No More Empty Pots’ building over the past academic year. The students recently shared a recorded presentation with No More Empty Pots and Nebraskans for Solar that includes several options for reducing electricity through improved energy management and solar energy, along with each proposal’s estimated cost.

Additionally, Nebraskans for Solar’s Energy Conservation Projects Coordinator, Louis Lester, analyzed No More Empty Pots’ electricity bills and demand charges and has recommended ways they can be reduced.

During a meeting with Nancy Williams, she asked about the possibility of using land No More Empty Pots owns for a solar project. Nebraskans for Solar board members discussed the ways in which a larger project of this kind potentially could be financed and developed in collaboration with OPPD. A larger solar project, for which there isn’t sufficient room on their roof, would substantially move No More Empty Pots toward their net-zero goal.

Both sets of information gathered by Creighton University and Nebraskans for Solar will help No More Empty Pots to make an informed decision on a plan as we discuss, evaluate and explore each proposed option together. Stay tuned! We will provide regular updates to you as our work progresses.
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