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Conservation Nebraska Virtual Event
Join Conservation Nebraska and guest speaker Max Markuson DiPrince, as he discusses the concepts of modern solar technology research and development. Markuson DiPrince’s research at Creighton University Department of Physics focuses on a specific type of solar cell, called a Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell (DSSC), which offers a more sustainable alternative to the conventional silicon crystal solar cell in today’s markets. By utilizing more earth-abundant, organic materials, such as simple sugars, he is attempting to convert UV light to a more “usable” visible spectra to boost his device efficiency. Register Here

NFS Note: Nebraskans for Solar's Board is honored to have had Max as a fellow member for nearly three years. Creighton University Professor Dr. Andrew Baruth has been a mentor to all Creighton students who have served on our board the past eight years.
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More Earth Month Events
2021 Transformation Drive
April 23rd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Organized by Green Bellevue
April 22 - May 22
Outdoor Expo April 23 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Nebraska Earth Day Passport April 22nd - May 22nd

Sponsored by Sierra Club & Eastern Nebraska
Electric Vehicle Association - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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BIL Rural Playbook For Over 100 Funded Programs
The recently-released Biden Administration's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Rural Playbook provides rural communities with information on the “what, when, where, and how to apply” for funding under the law. The guide identifies over 100 programs funded under the law with federal cost share flexibilities and matching requirement waivers.
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Featured USDA Rural Development Program

This USDA program assists rural small businesses and agricultural producers by conducting and promoting energy audits and providing Renewable Energy Development Assistance. The program strengthens American energy independence by increasing the private sector supply of renewable energy and decreasing the demand for energy through energy efficiency improvements.
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Featured Organization
The AgriSolar Clearinghouse is a project of the National Center for Appropriate Technology and has been made possible through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Resources include: Information Library / Media Hub / Events Calendar
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Fun Hobby For All Ages

This Extension program is open to Nebraska homeowners, schools, businesses, parks, homeowner associations, farmers, acreage owners and community gardens. Click here to access the Nebraska Pollinator Habitat Certification application form with complete requirements and lists of pollinator-friendly plants
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Featured Solar Project
 Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City
 
The Arbor Day Foundation recently celebrated the reopening of their restaurant at the Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City. During the remodel, they added solar to their apple barn processing facility to help offset electrical costs for the facility. This system is a 24.8kW roof mount project consisting of (62) Talesun 400W modules paired with a Chint Power Systems 25kW inverter. When visiting the Arbor Day Farm, be sure to check out the system performance in their viewing room of the Apple Processing Center.

Read about GRNE's most recently completed community-scale solar project: City’s solar field up and running, shares passed to local entities, York News-Times
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New At OPPD & LES - Trade Ally Programs
Program Links

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Renewable Energy Jobs
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.
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DOE Hiring For Clean Energy Corps

The Department of Energy is collecting resumes for the Clean Energy Corps through its applicant portal, part of a streamlined process that will allow applicants to align their talents with their passions by indicating specific areas of interest and allowing hiring managers to review candidate profiles simultaneously. 

  • Watch Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm’s message for Clean Energy Corps applicants HERE
  • Anyone interested in joining the Department of Energy’s Clean Energy Corps can submit a resume here: energy.gov/cleanenergycorps 
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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: Our extended family wants to lease some land on our two farms for a solar project to earn extra income. What are some good resources? Our neighbor is also interested in information about co-locating solar with her crops. - Mike
A: Thank you for your question, Mike. Below are several resources for your consideration and for sharing with your neighbor, according to her interests. Our best wishes to you all.

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