Energy Resources

There are many resources for farmers and ranchers interested in renewable energy. Some links are shared here, organized by type. Look around and let us know what you're looking for--check back often to see new items added.

Financing

Information and Technology

Experiences and Education

Government and Industry

Summer 2012 Energy Survey (Separate Page)


Financing

  • Savings for Nebraska (Energy.gov)
    • A wealth of resources on available funding for energy projects. Use the custom filter to identify exactly what projects you're eligible for.
  • Rural Energy for America Program (USDA)
    • The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides financial assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses in rural America to purchase, install, and construct renewable energy systems; make energy efficiency improvements to non-residential buildings and facilities; use renewable technologies that reduce energy consumption; and participate in energy audits, renewable energy development assistance, and feasibility studies.
  • Tax Credit Resources (NEO)
    • The Nebraska Energy Office (NEO) has found a number of different resources that excel in providing the latest in federal tax credits or incentives for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Information and Technology

  • Farm Energy Working Group (UNI)
    • The Farm Energy Working Group supports research, education, and the implementation of a variety of energy conservation, efficiency, and renewable energy practices from on-farm resources to meet the needs of Iowa's small and mid-sized farms.
  • Sustainable Ag Energy (UNL) 
    • From the Cooperative Extension System (and University of Nebraska--Lincoln), this site showcases several renewable energy topics, everything from the basics of Farm Energy to biomass, wind, solar, and sustainability.
  • Current Sustainable Energy Projects (NCAT)
    • The National Center for Appropriate Technology lists several current sustainable energy projects, including the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and the National Energy Assistance Referral program.

Experiences and Education

  • Farm Hack (NYFC)
    • FarmHack is a community for those who embrace the long-standing farm traditions of tinkering, inventing, fabricating, tweaking, and improving things that break. There are farmers of all ages, but the project has special relevance to young and beginning farmers as a place to learn from their peers' and their elders' successes, mistakes and new ideas.
  • Citrus in the Snow
    • Russ Finch shares details of his geothermal greenhouse, which can grow fruit in the dead of winter.
  • Farm Energy Working Group (UNI)
    • Information and resources to assist small to mid-sized farming operations identify potential energy reduction on their farms. You'll find information on how other farmers have used energy efficiency and alternative energy practices on their farms. Farmers will also find ideas for funding, utility rebates, energy audit companies and much more.

Government and Industry 

  • Small Wind Electric Systems: A Nebraska Consumer's Guide
    • This guide provides consumers with information to help them determine whether a small wind electric system can provide all or a portion of the energy they need for their home or business based on their wind resource, energy needs, and economics. Similar guides are available for many states from here.
  • Applying Technologies (NREL)
    • Whether you are leading a building energy efficiency retrofit, a renewable energy implementation project, a clean transportation transition, or a large-scale clean energy initiative, NREL can help you get the job done. Learn about energy innovation in action in Biomass, Buildings and Electricity, Geothermal, Solar, and Wind.
  • Research and Resources (SEIA)
    • SEIA is the solar energy industry’s go-to source for the latest coverage on solar power, including U.S. and international policy, research and polls, business and financing trends, and more. 
  • Learn About Wind Power (AWEA)
    • The AWEA website strives to provide information on all facets of the wind industry, from small wind for individuals to large wind farm development.