Donate $25 to build solar in the path of Keystone XL


We are deeply grateful to everyone who contributed to reach our first fundraising goal of $50,000 to build three Solar XL installations in the path of the pipeline!

With the prospect of Keystone XL now that much closer to reality with the PSC’s decision, we’re asking you to give again to help us reach our new goal of $60,000, to help us build the Solar XL resistance that sends a powerful message about the clean energy future we all want for our children and grandchildren.

The Solar XL Phase 2 fundraising will go towards placing 1 more solar installation on the route in Nebraska, while two more installations will be placed in South Dakota by Indigenous leaders on tribal lands.

As before — any funds raised through Bold in excess of our goal will go to help pay legal costs for landowners in Nebraska fighting eminent domain seizure of their land for the pipeline.

SOLAR XL INSTALLATION #3: July 13th, 2018

Update: SOLAR XL INSTALLATION #2 (Sept. 16, 2017)

Diana and Terry “Stix” Steskal’s Prairierose Farm near Atkinson, NE was the site of the second Solar XL installation in the path of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Solar XL installation #2 at Diana and Byron “Stix” Steskals’ Prairierose Farm near Atkinson, NE on Sept. 16, 2017. (Photo: Alex Matzke)

Update: SOLAR XL INSTALLATION #1 (July 29, 2017)

Solar XL placed its first solar panels in the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline on the farm of Polk County, Nebraska landowners Jim and Chris Carlson on July 29, 2017.

WATCH a Facebook Live video of the install hosted by Bold’s Jane Kleeb.

Jim Knopik (left) of family-owned rural solar installer North Star Solar Bears, farmer Jim Carlson, and Bold Nebraska’s Jane Kleeb (Photos: Alex Matzke)

Donate $25 now to build solar in the path of Keystone XL.

TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels per day of dirty tarsands oil from Canada through hundreds of American homes, farms and ranches, crossing the delicate Sandhills in Nebraska and putting at risk the critical Ogallala Aquifer and sacred Indigenous sites like the Ponca Trail of Tears. Farmers, ranchers and Indigenous peoples are fighting with everything they have to protect the land and their communities from eminent domain for private gain.

We refuse to allow the Keystone XL to risk our land and water.

We have the solutions we need, which is why we’re building solar panels directly in the path of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

We aim to raise $50,000 to cover the first solar installations in the path of the pipeline on farmland that Nebraskans have refused to sell to TransCanada.*

The solar panels will be connected to Nebraska’s power grid, generating clean, renewable energy for the state — as opposed to a risky pipeline that would provide little benefit to Nebraskans.

DONATE: Help protect our land, water, and climate for future generations and support #SolarXL now.

(To show our thanks for your support, the name of every donor of $25 or more will be featured on a “SOLAR XL” sign affixed to each of the solar panel installations.)

Nebraska farmers Jim and Chris Carlson rejected TransCanada’s offer of $307,000 to sell their land for KXL. Jim told the company he can’t be bought, because “my land is worth more to me and my family than any amount of money they could offer me.”

The Carlson’s farm in Polk County will be the site of the first SOLAR XL installation.

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WATCH: Jim Carlson tells MSNBC why he rejected TransCanada’s $307,000 offer to build KXL on his land.

Keystone XL would dramatically escalate our climate crisis at a critical time when we must transition away from dirty fossil fuels to clean, renewable sources — like solar energy.

That’s why Bold Nebraska has teamed up with, Indigenous Environmental Network, CREDO, Oil Change International and a coalition of groups to build solar installations inside the proposed pipeline route to help power farms and ranches. We’re standing up to Trump and Big Oil, who want to trample property rights and risk our water all for their bottom line.

Byron “Stix” and Diana Steskal’s property in Holt County, Nebraska, was purchased by Stix’s father in 1940—and cost every penny he had. (Lucky for Byron’s family, his mother had a little something socked away in the cookie jar.) Now, with irrigation, the Steskals not only grow feed corn but also edible crops such as popcorn, potatoes, wheat, and beans. The proposed pipeline route would cross 1.2 miles of the family property and affect the North Branch of Eagle Creek, where they draw some of their water.

Stix and four other ranches from the Sandhills are part of what they call “the Posse,” who show up at every Keystone Xl public meeting, do their own soil studies, conduct their own research, and show up at all the local events with their #NoKXL Bus.

The Keystone XL pipeline would cross within 200 feet of the home of Nebraska ranchers Bob and Nancy Allpress, as well as disturb a nearby legally protected bald eagle’s nest the Allpress family has monitored. Any spill from the tarsands pipeline into the sandy soil on the family’s farm would probably leak through to their drinking water source, just 14 feet below the surface.

Bob helped lead a horseback cavalry contingent of the “Cowboy & Indian Alliance” of farmers, ranchers, and Indigenous leaders through the streets of Washington, D.C. during the weeklong series of “Reject & Protect” #NoKXL actions in 2014. Bob and Nancy both served in the United States military and came back to the family land to enjoy Nebraska’s Good Life.

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WATCH: Nebraska rancher Bob Allpress talks about why he’s fighting Keystone XL.

Jim Knopik (left) and North Star Solar Bears solar installers with farmer Rick Hammond (right) and his 25 kW solar array near Benedict, NE. (Photo: Mary Anne Andrei)

The SOLAR XL project installation work is being done by our friend and fellow Pipeline Fighter Jim Knopik and his family-owned rural solar installation business, North Star Solar Bears.

In addition to installing solar on his neighbors’ farms, Jim gives tours of the 15-kilowatt solar panel system on his own cattle ranch and farm west of Fullerton in Nance County, answering visitors’ questions about net metering, cost estimates, incentive grants and tax credits. Jim is also a member of the sustainable meat producing collective North Star Neighbors, a Nebraska Farmers Union District Rep, and has served on the board of the Center for Rural Affairs.

Nebraskans ready for 100% renewable energy send their message in front of the “#NoKXL Build Our Energy Barn,” the solar-powered barn erected in the path of Keystone XL in 2013 by Bold Nebraska with online donations and volunteers. (Photo: John Quigley)

The SOLAR XL projects in the path of the pipeline will add to the resistance already in place along the pipeline route — including the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Spirit Camp, the Sacred Ponca corn planted inside the KXL route along the Ponca Trail of Tears, and the solar-topped “#NoKXL Build Our Energy Barn” that Bold Nebraska constructed in 2013 all with small donors and volunteers.​

If Keystone XL is approved, TransCanada would have to tear down clean and locally-produced energy to make way for its dirty and foreign tarsands.

Let’s build our clean energy future and stop this pipeline that is abusing eminent domain for private gain, trampling Indigenous sovereign rights, and threatening our land, water, endangered species and climate.​

Donate now to build solar in the path of Keystone XL.

(To show our thanks for your support, the name of every donor of $25 or more will be featured on a “SOLAR XL” sign affixed to each of the solar panel installations.)

* COST: $15,500 per installation for 9-panel frame, net-metering connection to Nebraska power grid + labor.

All funds raised in excess of our goal will go to Bold Nebraska to support legal fees for the nearly 100 landowners challenging TransCanada as intervenors in the pipeline permit hearings — our last chance to stop KXL.

Supporting Organizations:

Bold Nebraska
Indigenous Environmental Network
Brave Heart Society
Native Organizers Alliance
Dakota Rural Action
Oil Change International