Nebraskans for Solar's Educational Series
This month we are restarting our series of presentations and workshops by renewable energy experts from Nebraska utilities, organizations, and solar and wind energy businesses. Our first speaker will be Kirk Estee from OPPD.
Overview Of OPPD Customer-Owned Generation Program
March 18, 2020 - 7 to 8 pm
Kirk Estee is the Customer Alternative Energy Solutions Manager at OPPD. His discussion will include the following topics: the overall process; website resources; residential and business solar calculators; online solar interconnection platform.

A Q&A will follow the discussion. Please send your questions to event organizer Helen Deffenbacher: nebraskansforsolar@gmail

Meeting ID: 821 7986 9176
Passcode: 631014

NFS board members Leo Arens and Louis Lester are also putting together virtual events, as well. Watch our calendar for their announcements.
 Nebraska Wind & Solar Conference Renewable Energy
Series Webinar: State of the Utilities
March 12, 2020 - 11:15 am

The Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference, in partnership with Fraser Stryker law firm, are pleased to announce the next session of its Renewable Energy Series featuring the CEOs of the three largest Nebraska public power districts. This in-depth discussion will cover the challenges and lessons learned from the recent historic cold spell.

  • Timothy J. Burke, President & Chief Executive Officer, Omaha Public Power District
  • Thomas J. Kent, President & Chief Executive Officer, Nebraska Public Power District
  • Kevin Wailes, Chief Executive Officer, Lincoln Electric System
Event Moderator: Stephen Bruckner, Partner, Fraser Stryker PC, LLO

Any questions regarding this session can be directed to John Hansen, Nebraska Wind & Solar Conference Chair:
 First Congregational Sponsoring Series On Climate
First Congregational United Church of Christ in Hastings is hosting an online Lenten Justice Speaker Series on Climate.

On March 14, starting at 12:30 pm: Taylor Schneider, an instructor at Central Community College-Hastings, will discuss the college’s wind and solar energy programs. The guest preacher for morning worship will be Dan Deffenbaugh, associate dean of instruction-academic education at CCC-Hastings and author of the 2007 book, Learning the Language of the Fields: Tilling and Keeping as Christian Vocation.

Additional Recommended Reading: Central Community College-Hastings program trains for high-demand careers, contributed by Taylor Schneider, Grand Island Independent
Featured Climate Website for Kids
Launched in 2010NASA'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
 Exist Green Energy Analysis
Creighton University student Max Markuson DiPrince provided a free, year-long energy audit for Exist Green Zero-Waste Market and Eco-Boutique in an attempt to highlight a pathway for EnergyStar and Green Globes certification. Exist Green, owned by Leigh Neary, is located at 4914 Underwood in Omaha’s historic Dundee neighborhood.
Max, who is from Denver, Colorado, is an undergraduate student at Creighton University, where he expects to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Sustainable Energy Sciences and a Master of Science degree in physics. He is currently engaged in solar cell research funded by NASA Nebraska Space Grant & EPSCoR and Omaha Public Power District. Just recently he learned he has been accepted into Creighton University’s Law School. Max is also a member of Nebraskans for Solar’s Board of Directors. Click here to access the report.
In each newsletter we'll feature a question and answer about renewable energy and related issues. Please send your questions to

Q: Are there other groups in Nebraska like Nebraskans for Solar?
A: The following organizations are among the many in our state that support renewable energy and related issues. If you belong to one that isn't listed here, please let us know by sending an email to the above address.
Links to Renewable Energy Jobs & Resources
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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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Thank you for all you are doing to advance renewable energy in our state!