Thank You For Your Giving Tuesday Donations!
Many thanks to everyone who contributed to our Giving Tuesday fundraising campaign and donated much-needed items for our community service project in partnership with Heartland Hope Mission. Also, thank you to SHARE Omaha for organizing and hosting the 24-hour metro-wide event.

Contributions will be used to install a minimum 4-kilowatt solar system on Heartland Hope Mission’s building at 2021 U Street. Over the 25-or-more-years’ lifespan of the solar panels, the system will save the nonprofit approximately $18,000 on their electricity bills.

The project will be completed on or before Earth Day, April 22, 2020, which will be the national organization’s 50th anniversary. Ken and Helen Deffenbacher are the Lead Coordinators for the Heartland Hope Mission project.
New Green Watts for Good Project To Be Announced Soon!
Leo Arens is the Lead Coordinator for our seventh Green Watts for Good project. Over the past few weeks he has been developing this new charitable solar project with Fremont community leaders.

Details will be announced very soon, including ways everyone can join in on this innovative model program.
Nebraskans for Solar & OPPD Presentation: The Potential
For Combined Renewable Energy & Battery Installations
December 11, 2019 from 7 to 8:30 pm
UNO Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center
OPPD Dialogue Rooms 230 & 231

Moderator: Courtney Kennedy, OPPD Alternative Energy Program Manager, will moderate the panel discussion and facilitate a Q&A.

Josh Moenning, Norfolk Mayor and founder of New Power Nebraska
Mr. Moenning will provide an overview of the City of Norfolk’s planned 8.5-MW community solar project and accompanying battery energy storage system, made possible by a grant award from the Nebraska Environmental Trust.

David Rich Nebraska Public Power District Sustainable Energy Manager
Mr. Rich will discuss NPPD’s application to the Nebraska Environmental Trust for a
1 MW/2 MWH battery energy storage system in partnership with the City of Norfolk, NPPD’s Request for Proposals, the evaluation of the proposals and current status. Additionally, he will discuss issues raised by the developers regarding potential utilization of the U.S. Investment Tax Credits.

Michal Lisowyj, OPPD Alternative Energy Specialist
The title of Mr. Lisowyj’s discussion is “The Future of Energy Storage." His presentation is designed to give the audience a brief overview of why energy storage is becoming popular, the technologies being deployed, as well as some that may be used in the future (cryo, pumped, flow, etc.). He will also provide a brief overview of OPPD’s grant application for energy storage. Included, too, will be slides showing how people are using energy storage in their homes.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments provided. Reserved parking is available in the lot in front of the Community Engagement Center.
Nebraskans for Solar & Nebraska Solar Schools Volunteers Meeting
January 14, 2019 from 7 to 8:30 pm
UNO Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center
Meeting Room 127
We are hosting a roundtable discussion & work party for everyone interested in learning more about our programs and volunteering to help. We will put together 1,000 Mini Solar Cooker Kits made from pizza boxes and other materials, which kids of all ages can decorate at Earth Day events and take home to make S’Mores with their families and friends.

This event also provides an opportunity for teachers and after-school program directors to learn about our Nebraska Solar Schools’ NEED Solar Energy Kits project, made possible by a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust, and for those who are interested, to fill out an order form for a free kit. Refreshments provided. Reserved parking is available in the lot in front of the Community Engagement Center.

Read about the NEED Solar Energy Kits, including examples of projects and activities for each grade level, here:  NEED Solar Energy Kits Project (PDF)
Featured Solar Example
2019 National Solar Tour Home In Omaha 
This 9-kilowatt system in Omaha was a summer 2019 project. The homeowners participated in the National Solar Tour sponsored by the American Solar Energy Society. Their main reason for going solar was to save money on their utility bills. They were “just ready to save.”
Installer:  Great Plains Renewables. See more projects here.
Resource: Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE)
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