Power Up With Nelnet Renewable Energy

Nelnet proudly serves thousands of higher ed campuses and K-12 schools, and numerous businesses with innovative technologies and services. We’ve recently added solar power: on-campus and off-site solar as well as community solar, and since 2018, our work has led to solar installations in 15 states valued at $720 million. In addition to providing renewable energy, we make it possible for campuses and others to invest in solar farms and provide services such as community solar subscriber acquisition to developers. Providing campuses, businesses, and homes with solar energy is easy given our breadth of expertise and our long-term commitment to boosting solar energy nationwide.

Energize and Make a Statement with Nelnet

Enjoy benefits to your image and your bottom line by converting your institution to solar power – without all the hassle. All it takes is leveraging a powerful combination: our decades of experience in higher education and our growing commitment to renewable energy.

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Industries We Serve

In leveraging our higher ed expertise to manage complete solar engineering, procurement, and construction for conversion to campus solar, Nelnet provides unmatched value to our partners and customers working within various industries.


Nelnet supports renewable energy through tax equity investments in solar and by leveraging expertise in asset management, compliant operations, technology, marketing, customer experience, and more. Plus, we support emerging clean technologies.


Nelnet was founded on making our customers’ educational dreams possible. Our partners in this industry know that our commitment to education – from K-12 to higher education – is part of what defines us.

Financial Services

With decades of experience with loans to payment plans and more, Nelnet’s longevity and reputation in this industry thrive based on our innovation, compliance, quality, efficiency, and customer experience.


At Nelnet, we know the most innovative technology anticipates customer needs, provides exceptional user experience, is flexible and easily integrated – and must be supported by real people providing expert service.

Related Nelnet Brands

Nelnet provides valuable solutions across multiple business lines. We invite you to explore our brands related to campus solar.

Our Campus Solar Team

Learn more about the team that’s leading Nelnet Renewable Energy’s campus solar initiative. With our leadership team’s expertise and experience, you’ll see why campuses and other institutions are looking to Nelnet to explore their energy options.

Eric S. Howard, EdD

National Director

402.486.5823 | 844.4NELNET

Eric Howard is leading Nelnet Renewable Energy’s expansion to provide solar installations and other power solutions to K-12 schools and higher ed institutions nationwide. Eric has managed business relations for more than 20 years and has facilitated hundreds of multi-party collaborations involving senior leaders from educational institutions, corporations, federal and state agencies, international organizations, and foreign governments. His work has taken him to more than three dozen countries, and in 2007, his work on science diplomacy with the Muslim world was formally recognized by the U.S. State Department. His efforts have led to significant investments in infrastructure and educational services here and abroad. Prior to joining Nelnet in 2021, he had been a senior partnerships manager at three Boston-area organizations: Second Nature, Oxfam, and Northeastern University’s College of Engineering. From 1998-2012, he was executive director at two small, tech-oriented nonprofits – one of them the Fulbright Academy of Science & Technology, a global nonprofit serving Fulbright scholars and leaders in STEM. Early in his career, Eric was an information officer for the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the UNEP Information Unit on Climate Change, and received fellowships to conduct policy research in Germany, at World Wildlife Fund, and for the U.S. EPA. Eric earned his bachelor’s degree in Geology from Wesleyan University, a master’s in environmental policy from Duke University, and a doctorate from Northeastern University.

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If you’re ready to shift to solar or want help in asking the right questions and understanding the options, contact us today.

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