September 2018 to June 2019 Announcements
Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools
By the Solar Energy Industries Association,
The Solar Foundation and Generation 180
There are approximately 5,500 schools across the country with solar installations that are saving money on electric bills, educating students about clean energy, and ensuring a brighter future for the next generation. A dramatic decline in the cost of solar panels combined with new financing options has now made solar widely accessible, creating tremendous untapped potential among the majority of our nation’s schools still without solar.
The Solar Energy Industries Association, along with partners at The Solar Foundation and Generation 180, have developed Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools, a comprehensive report that explores the current state of solar deployment on K-12 schools nationwide. The report, available at the link below, includes analysis and case studies, but if you would like to view a full database of the U.S. schools with solar systems, download the spreadsheet here. Download the Infographic & Full Report here.
Nebraskans for Solar Educational Opportunities
NFS Has Battery-Generators for Solar Powered Events and Education
By Jared Friesen, Nebraskans for Solar Past President, NABCEP Solar Designer
Nebraskans for Solar is always looking for ways to bring clean and reliable solar energy to events and to those interested in learning more about renewable energy in general. With special support from the Omaha Venture Group, we now have tools to store solar energy in a battery and convert it back to standard plug power to provide usable solar energy day or night, indoors or out. If you could use a solar battery-generator for an educational session, are interested in using a solar battery-generator at a sustainability-related event, or have other questions–we want to hear from you! Please contact us for more information. Photo: Paired with the two new Humless Go Mini battery-generators are two foldable 130-watt portable solar panels. A full battery-generator charge from empty can be completed in 2.5-4 hours with these solar panels.
More Solar Energy Education Opportunities
Please visit Nebraskans for Solar’s Website and Facebook page for announcements
about community events, news, free webinars and other resources: www.nebraskansforsolar.org
Learn About The KidWind Challenge
The KidWind Challenge is a wind turbine design competition for middle and high school students. To learn more about the competition, watch a brief overview video of the KidWind Challenge and see what students think. KidWind Project director Michael Arquin posted a video recording of a recent webinar describing the 2017-2018 KidWind Challenge and how teams can participate. A slideshow that can be downloaded and adapted by users is also available.
MORE Nature Nights
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MORE Nature (Metro Omaha Resources for Exploring Nature) hosts free Nature Nights at Metro Omaha schools. Nebraska Solar Schools will be among the 20+ organizations sponsoring stations with numerous nature-based activities for parents and their children.
MORE Nature Nights will start up again in 2019.
Check back to see which schools will host them.
MORE Nature Nights Organizer: Austen Hill
Education Programs Supervisor
Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District
Additional resources can be found on these websites: