Worthwhile Web Sites

The Nebraska Energy Office encourages readers to utilize these Internet resources. The Internet sites listed should not be construed as advocating or representing any position of the Energy Office nor does the agency guarantee the content or accuracy of any information available at these sites.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clearinghouse

The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clearinghouse provides fact sheets, brochures, videos and publications on energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy or EERE is a gateway to energy efficiency and renewable energy information sources.

"The mission of theNebraska Energy Office is to promote the efficient, economic and environmentally responsibleuse of energy."

This material was prepared with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Grant No. DE-FG47-92CE60410. However, any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of DOE.

In accordance with the American Disabilities Act, the state will provide reasonable accommodation to persons with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in any program or activity listed in this publication, please contact the Energy Office at 402-471-2867 to coordinate arrangements. Upon request, this publication may be available in alternative formats.

New Solar Publications

Two new publications by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory make it easier for people to purchase solar energy systems and tap into energy from the sun.


  • The Borrower's Guide to Financing Solar Energy Systems  provides information for lenders and consumers about nationwide financing programs for photovoltaic systems and solar thermal systems that heat indoor air and water. In addition to traditional sources for home mortgage funds, eight federal government organizations - Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Small Business Administration offer programs for financing solar energy systems and other energy efficiency improvements.

    The Guide  includes a glossary and a two-page capsule of all federal financing options.

  • The Colorado Consumer's Guide to Buying A Solar Electric System  provides basic information about the who, what and why of financing, purchasing and installing photovoltaic or solar electric systems. While the Consumer's Guide  is specific to Colorado, it does include essential information on solar systems such as evaluating if your home is a good candidate for an installation, how to estimate dollar savings and how much systems cost. Other sections in the Consumer's Guide address selecting a contractor and things to consider before attaching your solar system to a utility grid.

To obtain copies of these publications, contact the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Document Distribution Service at 303-275-4363 or by email sally_evans@nrel.gov  

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