Mission & History

Mission Statement

The Nebraska Solar Energy Society represents a group of people interested in studying and applying solar energy principles, as well as providing ongoing educational opportunities for its members and the public at large.

History of NSES

NSES began under the stewardship of Dr. Bing Chen in the late 1970s, and operated through the mid 1990s, when it disbanded due to lack of interest.  Some of the highlights of its first run include the 1979 Nebraska Solar Access Law, a text on applied solar energy principles, The Path To Passive.  Nebraska’s Solar Energy Primer, written by the Nebraska Solar Energy Associates, and on-going passive solar home tours through monthly meetings hosted at a different home each month.  Throughout the time NSES was in operation numerous workshops were provided for the public, with on-going educational outreach in the schools.

The Solar Access Law was up-graded in 1996 to include wind access and is posted on the DSIRE website: http://www.dsireusa.org/library/includes/incentive2.cfm?Incentive_Code=NE01R&state=NE&CurrentPageID=1&RE=1&EE=1

The Path To Passive text may be downloaded from the Nebraska Energy Office website: http://www.neo.ne.gov/publications/pathtopassive.htm

Current Officers

Rita Corell, President

lightenup1 [at] cox [dot] net, (402) 551-5275

Michael Shonka, Vice-President

mshonka [at] qwest [dot] net, (402) 590-5900

Dr. Bing Chen, Secretary

bchen1 [at] unl [dot] edu

2010 NSES Sponsors:

Corporate Sponsor(s):

2009 Sponsors:

Corporate Sponsors:

  • Maverick Productions, UNO
  • NASA Nebraska Space Grant
  • Contrivium Design + Urbanism
  • EV World
  • Nebraska Renewable Energy Sources

Contributing Sponsors:

  • USGBC Flatwater Chapter
  • Lewis Pinch
  • Russell and Jetty Rabeler
  • Olsson Associates
  • Windrow Energies, LLC
  • Nebraska Renewable Energy Association
  • Solar Heat and Electric
  • Focus Energy Group