Omaha SOLAR Greenhouse Tour 4/1/11

Posted: March 29, 2011 in FOOD, GREEN, Table Of Contents

Michael Shonka

Proj Coord, Sust Energy Technology


Office:   402-738-4536

Mobile: 402-590-5900

The solar tour of the greenhouse (Bldg. 27) begins at 6 p.m. The tour is free. 

The buffet dinner (Bldg. 21) follows at 7 p.m. The cost of the of the dinner is $15.

RSVPs for the dinner are requested at or call Gary Boe (402) 321-2797.

For a map of the Fort Omaha Campus greenhouse area, click here.

Metropolitan Community College (MCC) will be commissioning a solar hot water system in the Horticulture Department’s Fort Omaha Campus greenhouse on April 1, 2011. This is the first solar installation of its kind in the state and the first in any community college across the country. The purpose of the solar system is to assist with heating the greenhouse during the winter and to provide heat for bedding plant growing tables. 

The funding for the solar installation was provided by a grant from the Nebraska Energy Office. The greenhouse was selected as a demonstration site because it provided multiple types of different heating uses and can show an energy cost savings. The technology of the solar demonstration system is readily transferable to greenhouses and hot houses across the state for bedding plants and vegetable crops, thereby impacting the economies of rural Nebraska. Students will have access to the system for installation seminars as they disassemble and re-assemble various components of the system.

The Nebraska Solar Energy Society will hold their bi-monthly meeting at the Fort Omaha Campus and provide a speaker at the buffet following the commissioning tour of the solar system. The Nebraska Solar Energy Society is a group supporting the expansion of solar technology with public education programs.

For more information about the solar tour, contact
Michael Shonka, Project Coordinator for Sustainable Energy Technology, at or
(402) 738-4536.



April 1st: Solar Greenhouse Tour and Dinner Omaha, NE

Tour starts at 6pm Building 27-Metro Community College Fort Omaha Campus (30th & Fort)

Dinner & Speaker starts at 7pm Building 23- Metro CC Fort Omaha Campus Cost$15, Energize Nebraska, friends $10 (Let me know ASAP if you plan to attend to redeem this lower rate)

To register directly, call Nebraska Solar Energy Society 402 738-4536

April 23rd: Lincoln’s Earth Day, Lincoln, NE

Saturday, 12 noon to 6 pm, Antelope Park’s Auld Pavilion

April 23rd: Earth Day Omaha

Saturday April 23rd, 11:00 am to 6:00pm,

April 27th: The Plain Green Conference & Marketplace- Sioux Falls, SD

April 28th: Annual Green Energy Expo and Symposium, Iowa City, IA

May 16th, 17th: Small Wind Assessment and Design Certificate, North Platte, NE

June 1st, 2nd: Small Wind Assessment and Design Certificate, Scottsbluff, NE

This workshop is offered to individuals interested in expanding their knowledge and looking for a career in the clean energy field. The Small Wind Certificate will provide participants with industry-demand skills to become a site assessor/designer of small wind systems. The class will be focused on small generators ranging from 1kw to 10 kw. The topics covered in the workshop will include site and tower assessment, principals of wind energy, wind turbines models, grid-tie vs. off-grid, and designing a small wind turbine.

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