November Meeting – Residential Energy Optimization

Please join us in our NEW location, the Innevation Center, this Thursday, November 20th at 6:30 PM.

The address is: 6795 Edmond St. | 3rd Floor | Las Vegas, NV 89118 | (702) 444-1111

Our guest speaker for this month is Van Johnson from NV Energy. Van will be presenting about the mPowered residential energy optimization program – a free service to NVE customers who rent or own single family homes equipped with central air conditioners. The program includes up to 4 smart programmable thermostats, free installation, free energy saving software, and free anytime, anywhere mobile access to your thermostats from your smart phone or tablet. The energy optimization service can save 10-15% on the annual cost of heating and cooling your home.

Van Johnson is a Senior Project Manager in the Demand Response Department at NV Energy; responsible for customer acquisition for Demand Response programs and customer support. Van holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Howard University and a MBA from Santa Clara University.

The address is: 6795 Edmond St. | 3rd Floor | Las Vegas, NV 89118 | (702) 444-1111


Solar NV Summer Solstice Golf Tournament

Solar NV Summer Solstice Golf TournamentThe summer solstice only happens once a year. It is a special solar event that has been celebrated for thousands of years – so why change now?

Join Solar NV along with our friends and volunteers for our annual

Summer Solstice Golf Tournament on June 14, 2014!

We are excited to have this year’s event at:

Spanish Trail Country Club

Enjoy the outdoors with a round of golf (includes practice balls, swag bag and cart) followed by a great lunch and plenty of networking.

Proceeds help cover Solar NV’s yearly operational expenses and the Solar NV Scholarship fund. Solar NV is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Date: June 14th, 2014
Registration Time: 6:30-7:00 AM
Tee Off Time: 7:30 AM
Location: Spanish Trail Country Club
Address: 5050 Spanish Trail Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89113

The individual costs are $150/person for non-members and $125/person for Solar NV members. The cost for signing up a foursome is $500, and for every Solar NV member on your team you can save $25!

Proceeds help cover Solar NV’s yearly operational expenses and the Solar NV Scholarship fund. Solar NV is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Golf Registration Form

Sponsorship Opportunities are Available

Support clean, renewable energy in Nevada. Please consider becoming a Solar NV annual sponsor. There are several levels of participation and custom sponsorships are available. For more details please email: [email protected].

Thank you to everyone who sponsored, volunteered for, or attended the 2013 tournament!

Platinum Sponsor

NV Energy

Gold Sponsor

Southwest Gas

Silver Sponsor


December Event – Member Appreciation Night!

Solar NV Member Appreciation Night & Membership Drive
December 13, 7:00 pm – The Players Club (75. S. Stephanie, Henderson, NV  89012 – Stephanie & 215)

Come help Solar NV celebrate another successful year at our annual member appreciation night & membership drive!

FTB HOB 2011

There will be finger food, drinks, and a live band – The Full Throttle Blues Band!
The event is free for members and a special $10 membership option will be available for anyone who wants to become a new member!

Solar Tour & Solarbration

This year’s Solar Home Tour and Solarbration went off without a hitch. Thanks to everyone who helped out, including the homeowners, volunteers, sponsors and everyone who participated!

Clean renewable energy from the sun has never been more affordable or popular. We’re on a roll!


2013 Solar Home Tour

Southern Nevada Solar Home Tour - 2013

The 9th Annual Southern Nevada Solar Home Tour is just around the corner!

October 5, 2013 @ 10 am

2012 Southern Nevada Solar Home TourThe American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour is the world’s largest grassroots solar event. It offers people from all over the country an opportunity to visit innovative green homes and buildings to see how you can use solar energy, energy efficiency and other sustainable technologies to reduce monthly utility bills and help tackle climate change. More than 160,000 participants will visit some 5,500 buildings in 3,200 communities across the U.S.2012 Southern Nevada Solar Home Tour

For nine years, the Southern Nevada Solar Home Tour has been a great event. Solar NV would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers who make them possible, from the owners who opened their homes and shared their stories, to the volunteers who assisted throughout the day and of course, the sponsors who supported the event.

We received a lot of great comments about the tour, confirming the tremendous value it brings to the community:

The best part was being able to see innovation in practice. Each owner had different perspectives and knowledge but they each shared a loving commitment to making a difference. I look forward to our annual solar tour! Spread the word, take your colleagues, friends, family AND more importantly, a “denier,” to this meaningful as well as memorable event. ~ Cherie W.

I like hearing from solar homeowners about their experiences, what works and what they would have done differently. It is a lot of fun and I love meeting new people who are committed to making a difference. The solar home tour is a fantastic experience for anyone interested in sustainable living. ~ Bill R.

I loved being able to talk to owners who created their own environments using available technologies, incentives and rebates. Their experiences were inspiring. ~ Mary Beth H.

I liked seeing the technology in each home and the handouts that the homeowners provided. Having knowledgable Solar NV volunteers at each home was also nice so multiple tours could happen concurrently. ~ Rick V.

2012 Southern Nevada Solar Home TourIf you have previously attended the tour, please take a moment to share your experience using the Southern Nevada Solar Home Tour feedback form. If you would like more information about the tour please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

This is also a great time to renew your Solar NV membership. The tour is $20 for non members, $15 for those who will be driving hybrids, and $10 for members. Become a new member of SolarNV for only $1 more when you register for the tour!

We invite you to join us for this year’s Southern Nevada Solar Home Tour!
Tour Feedback


All photos by Steve Rypka


Solar NV to honor NV Energy and UNLV at annual CRINIS awards dinner on September 7

Crinis 2012 - Solar NV's annual Nevada Renewable Energy Leadership Award

Each year, Solar NV honors an individual or organization in the community who has made significant contributions to a secure energy future through innovations in conservation and/or renewable energy in Nevada.

Please join us this year to celebrate our 2013 Nevada Renewable Energy Leadership Award winner, NV Energy!

Through energy conservation, renewable energy procurement, and a commitment to reducing the use of coal as an energy source, NV Energy has established itself as a company focused on sustainability and the future.

Further, SolarNV is proud to announce a $2,500 financial donation to the UNLV Solar Decathlon Team, in support of their mission to design, build, and maintain a sustainable solar powered home. The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 is an international competition with the goal of educating the public about energy-saving residential designs.

September 7, 2013 @ Panevino Las Vegas

246 Via Antonio Avenue Las Vegas, NV 89119

The reception will begin promptly at 6:00 P.M. with hors d’oevures and a silent auction followed by dinner at 7:00 P.M.

$85 per Person

Please RSVP by purchasing tickets

Buy individual Crinis tickets
Sponsor a table at Crinis
The 2012 Nevada Renewable Energy Leadership Award recipient was Lydia Ball. Through her work with the Sierra Club and contributions to the Clean Energy Project, Lydia has established her mission to bring renewable energy to Nevada. We were honored to add Lydia Ball to the distinguished list of Nevada Renewable Energy Leadership Award recipients.

Solar NV Scholarship Award

In addition, the winner of this year’s Solar NV Scholarship recipient will be announced.

Our 2012 winner Kathryn Weavil, a senior at UNLV studying Environmental Science with a minor in Solar and Renewable Energy, was presented with a $2,500 scholarship to help further her studies.

Each year, Solar NV awards a scholarship for the following year to an outstanding University of Nevada – Las Vegas (UNLV) undergraduate or graduate student who is pursuing a future in the Solar / Renewable Energy Industry.

Congratulations to Lydia Ball and Kathryn Weavil. Solar NV appreciates your contributions – past, present and future – to improve the lives of the citizens of Nevada and beyond through the use of clean, renewable energy.

The 2012 Crinis Award Banquet and silent auction was a great event enjoyed by all. Thanks to everyone who turned out and to those organizations who sponsored the event! We hope to see you at the next one.

Our Sponsors

Solar NV yearly sponsors are: Bombard Renewable Energy, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 357, NV Energy and Southwest Gas.

Crinis sponsors: The Art Institute of Las Vegas, D’s Design Jewelry, Las Vegas Ski Resort, Olive Mediterranean Grill & Hookah Bar, Panevino Ristorante, Sean Henn Voyage Financial Services, Seth Grabel, Time Printing and Trader Joe’s.


Past Recipients

2007 Dina Titus, U.S. Congresswoman
2008 Professor Robert Boehm, Director, UNLV Energy Research Center
2009 Rose McKinney-James, President and CEO, Energy Works Consulting
2010 Commissioner Rebecca Wagner, Nevada Public Utilities Commission
2011 Green Chips, Environmental Sustainability in Nevada
2012 Lydia Ball, Executive Director, Clean Energy Project