Save the Date! Nebraskans for Solar Presentation: “Solar Power for Farms, Homes, and Businesses”

April 20, 2021 - 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Residential Project: GenPro
Energy Solutions
Solar-Powered Irrigation System:
Solar Heat & Electric
Please join us on Zoom for this special Earth Month event to learn about solar options for your farm, home, or business. Our guest speakers will be Jeff Berggren and Michael Shonka. All Nebraska solar installers are invited to attend this event and contribute to the Q&A and discussion following the presentation.
Jeff Berggren manages GenPro Energy Solutions projects in Nebraska from the company’s office in Central City.
Michael Shonka is owner of Solar Heat and Electric based in Omaha.
Moderator: Leo Arens, Nebraskans for Solar President
Please email your questions to: Leo Arens
Meeting ID: 891 9319 6410
Passcode: 015253
Solar Power World Virtual Roundtable
 "Must-Have Power: Solar + Storage in the
Age of Emergencies"
April 20, 2021 - 1:00 to 2:30 pm

Join Solar Power World and Top Solar Contractors for a live roundtable discussion on the best business practices the installation community has adopted for energy storage systems, large and small. The rise of extreme weather has many homeowners concerned about keeping the lights and refrigerators on through extended power outages. And with more utilities looking at energy storage to improve the resiliency of their grids, the storage market has finally hit its tipping point. Solar installers across all markets will describe how they’ve incorporated batteries into their service offerings along with the important installation considerations that come with storage systems.

Roundtable Participants

  • Brent Bergland, Energy Storage & Solutions Market Director, Mortenson
  • Molly Brown, EVP of Energy Development, GenPro Energy Solutions
  • Scott Maskin, Co-Founder and CEO, SUNation
  • Moderator: Kelly Pickerel, Editor in Chief, Solar Power World
Nebraska Earth Day Passport Hosted By:
Earth Day Omaha & Sarpy County Earth Day
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Earth Day Omaha and Sarpy County Earth Day are teaming up to present an online Nebraska Earth Day Passport—a month-long series of activities and in-app “Passport Challenges” that will take place from April 15–May 15. Activities will feature local nonprofits, businesses, and other organizations that care deeply about protecting and preserving our environment. Up to 10,000 participants from Douglas & Sarpy County and beyond will be able to visit virtual Exhibitor “booths” for free by selecting exhibitor Challenges and competing for daily points and prizes.
If your community is hosting an Earth Month event, we would like to include it on our website calendar and in our newsletters. Please send your event information to or share it on Facebook.
51 Environmental Activities Kids Can Do for Earth Day
An Environment America Resource
Building on their list from last year’s 50th anniversary of Earth Day, staff at Environment America put together 51 activities families can do at home to celebrate Earth Day and connect with the natural world around us. Examples of activities:

Click here to find 45 more family activities for Earth Day.
Featured Do-It-Yourself Project By A
Professional Solar Installer
Ric and Janet Hansen’s home has been running partially on solar energy since 2017. They have 40 modules, or panels, installed in their backyard that generate 10 kilowatts per hour. It’s enough to power their home and some small outbuildings on their hobby farm.

Ric got his introduction to solar five years ago when longtime friend Wayne Williams hired him to do engineering, installation and quality control for his solar company in Central City, NE. The business, called Interconnection Systems Inc., does large solar installations in nine states. Ric started his own business, Solar and Automation Controls Solutions, shortly afterward.

Read more and see examples of Ric’s Omaha projects here: Alton couple power home with solar energy
In each newsletter we feature a question and answer about renewable energy and related issues. Please send your questions to
Q: We’re installing a 25-kilowatt, ground-mounted PV system on our farm as a DIY project and would like to hire someone to install a battery system. Can you recommend a company?
A: We can’t recommend one company over another, but a number of businesses in our directory install energy storage systems. Also, the nonprofit organization Solar United Neighbors (SUN) has put together a helpful guide that is free to download: Battery Storage for Homeowners  
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