Solar PV: Starting With a Good Economic Analysis
Our November Presenter Will Be Extension Educator John Hay
November 20, 2019 - 7 to 8:30 pm
UNO's Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center Rooms 201 & 205
6400 University Drive (64th & Dodge)
John will present the steps in completing a good economic analysis for a Solar PV system — including the common mistakes leading to poor or misleading analysis; the best economic metric for describing economics of a system (hint: it is not payback period); and going beyond economics, he will discuss how individual goals, values, and motivations impact solar PV decisions.

This event is free and open to the public. Please join us and bring a friend! Refreshments provided. Reserved parking is available in the lot in front of the Community Engagement Center, near the Durham Bell Tower. Enter at the kiosk and let the lot attendant know you are a Nebraskans for Solar guest.
Book Drawing
We’ll hold another book drawing at our event, this time for 12 copies of a bestselling how-to guide that will enable you to apply what you learn from John Hay's presentation to your own solar project for your home, business or farm.

John is a do-it-yourselfer who designed and installed a photovoltaic system for his own home. He also has given presentations and taught hands-on workshops in communities all throughout Nebraska, solely or in partnership with Jon Dixon, owner of Dixon Power Systems based in Lincoln.

Install Your Own Solar Panels: Designing and Installing a Photovoltaic System to Power Your Home is a fully illustrated step-by-step guide written by veteran solar installer Joseph Burdick and long-time builder Philip Schmidt. 
Our New Green Watts For Good Project
Nebraskans for Solar and Heartland Hope Mission are partnering on the installation of a solar energy system on their building at 2021 U Street to help reduce their energy bills for the next 25 years, money they can use for their programs.

Nebraskans for Solar is raising funds for this new Green Watts for Good project through Giving Tuesday, a metro-wide fundraising campaign sponsored by SHARE Omaha. Our goal is to raise $10,000, and we will match individual donations up to a total of $10,000.

Giving Tuesday will be held on December 3, 2019 over 24 hours, but contributions can be made any time before then using the code GT402, Omaha’s area code, on our SHARE Omaha Page

1,000 Volunteers Wanted : Our volunteer activity during Giving Tuesday’s 24 Hours of Impact is to co-host a drive for Heartland Hope Mission. We seek 1,000 volunteers to drop off one or more items during our drive.

Most Needed Items:
Clothing: gently used coats (all sizes) baby and kids clothing
Hygiene items: shampoo, body wash, baby diapers (size 3-5), toilet paper
Christmas: Brand new toys

When: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 from 2 pm to 6 pm

Where to drop off: Heartland Hope Mission, 2021 U Street. Refreshments provided.

Additional Option: We will also accept donation items at Nebraskans for Solar’s November 20th event.

Please contact Helen Deffenbacher: nebraskansforsolar@gmail.com or Renae Bush: Renae@heartlandhopemission.org.

Another way you can help is to download our flyer and share it widely. Thank you from all of us at Nebraskans for Solar and Heartland Hope Mission!
Nebraska Sierra Club Presentation - 24 Hours of Reality:
Truth in Action: The Great Plains
November 21, 2019 - 7 to 8:30 pm
First United Methodist Church
7020 Cass Street, Omaha
On November 21, Climate Reality is presenting 24 Hours of Reality: Truth in Action, a global conversation on the truth of the climate crisis and how we solve it. For one full 24-hour period, Climate Reality Leader volunteers trained by former Vice President Al Gore are holding public presentations and conversations on our changing climate.

Nebraska Sierra Club’s Presenter: Dr. David Corbin, Chair of the Nebraska Chapter Sierra Club.

For each person who attends the event and fills out a form at the presentation, Nebraska Sierra Club will plant one tree on their behalf.
Of Potential To Nebraska Solar Businesses
Solar Jobs Census: The Solar Foundation is again collecting data for their annual National Solar Jobs Census. This confidential survey will take fifteen minutes of your time and will provide essential feedback to ensure that your company’s contributions to our economy are well understood by policymakers and the general public. Deadline: November 15, 2019 .
Featured Solar Example
The Red Shed In Cortland
What began as temporary housing for a young family south of Cortland, Nebraska while their permanent and more conventional home was being built, quickly expanded. The pre-engineered building includes a garage big enough to handle most of the equipment needs associated with a large acreage and living quarters. The Red Shed will eventually become a guest house. The 11.7-kilowatt photovoltaic system is composed of thirty-three 310-watt solar panels channeled through a pair of SMA 500TL string inverters. The solar array communicates with an SMA Sunny Island inverter, which will monitor a future battery backup and generator. These technologies in combination will allow the Red Shed to survive extended grid disruptions without inconveniencing the owners.
​Installer: Randy Schantell, owner o f SWT Energy based in Lincoln
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