Watch a news story on the solar seminar series funded by the Nebraska Environmental Trust (01/27/12)

http://videos.pappastv.com/ntv/News/SolarEnergy.wmv

 

SOLAR GREENHOUSE: CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT AGRICULTURE

We are currently in the design stage for this project and would like to partner with NU faculty or staff to share knowledge and resources to make this project a success.
The idea of a controlled environment greenhouse has many benefits such as: 1) grow food and fish year round, 2) locally grown in rural Nebraska, 3) innovative business model for food entrepreneurs, 4) self-sufficient operation using solar energy as only fuel source, 5) support rural entrepreneurship and rural jobs, 6) dependable, sustainable and net-zero greenhouse gas emissions operation.

Produce and fish will be sold to local markets. The site location has not been selected but will take ideas and give preference to potential project partners.

We plan to apply for the RFI's research and engagement grant and would like to invite the NU community and all rural leaders to be part of this project. For more information please write to solar@nebraskagreenenergy.com or call Ed Toribio (308) 293-3407.

All inquiries will be received and taken into consideration before Friday August 24th. The RFI grant will be used as a "seed grant" and part of more external funding; however, we have another grant deadline that we have to meet soon so if you have a desire/interest in helping with this project, get in contact with us ASAP.

You can also contact Michael Shonka (402) 850-7973 to receive more information.

Thank you,
Ed Toribio

Energize Nebraska is a rural non-profit working to create thriving rural communities through the development and use of renewable energy.

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The remaning dates for solar seminar series are:

Northeast Community College, Norfolk Campus, Friday December 18th-2011, 8:30-4:00pm 

Central Community College, Hastings Campus, Friday January 27th 8:30-4:00pm

Mid-Plains Community College, North Platte Campus, Friday February 10th 8:30-4:00pm

Southeast Community College, Milford Campus, Friday March 2nd 8:30-4:00pm

University of Nebraska-Kearney, Monday March 19th 9:00-4:00pm (Cancelled)

WESTERN NEBRASKA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, SCOTTSBLUFF CAMPUS APRIL 13th 9:00-4:00pm

LOUP BASIN RC&D, VALLEY COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS ORD, NE APRIL 14th 10:00- 4:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

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Why are we here?


Energize Nebraska exists to promote development of small renewable generation. Harvesting Nebraska's abundant natural resources to provide
heat, hot water, bio-fuels and electricity can create numerous opportunities for our residents, from economic benefits to energy independence, from job
creation to sustain growth of our communities, small renewable generation is a fundamental tool we must utilize to move Nebraska forward into
the future. Energize Nebraska believes in the potential of these resources and we are here to make sure those opportunities become a reality.

 

Our main focus is centered in: solar, small wind turbines, solar water heating and small scale biodiesel production.

Any ideas? We encourage you to be involved!

 

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Declare Energy Independence

Clean, Reliable, Endless energy are just a few advantages of using wind and solar to power your home or business. Lower or eliminate your utility bill producing your own power at home. Also, protect yourself against rate hikes and increase the value of your property while becoming energy independent and protecting the environment.
 
Renewable energy tax credits available: 
  • 30% of total cost credit for solar electric and solar hot water systems.
  • 30% of total cost credit for small wind turbines.
  • USDA guarantee loans for wind & solar installation for rural businesses (50% of total)

  • USDA energy grants for wind & solar installations for rural businesses (25% of total)
  • USDA renewable energy systems include: wind, solar, biomass, methane and more.

Example: 4kw solar system (20 panels):

Cost: $18,500

Energy production: 5,764 kwh/year

After federal tax credit + USDA grant: $9,325


 

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