Solar NV was present at the recent ribbon cutting of Southern Nevada’s newest solar project, Solar State North. Enbridge’s 50MW solar photovoltaic project, now commercially operational, generates enough power to serve about 9,000 homes and displacing about 42,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide. At the ribbon cutting for this new clean energy project near Primm, Nevada, Solar NV was honored with a $5,000 donation for their work advocating renewable energy, including projects like Silver State North.
Meeting Topic: How Lawyers Work for Renewable Energy
Solar NV meets monthly and everyone is invited!
Date: September 20th. (third Thursday of every month)
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: University of Nevada – Las Vegas (UNLV)
Greenspun Hall, Room 2212 (New Room!)
4505 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Our speaker for September is Bryce Alstead of Holland and Hart who represented Sempra in the development of the large Copper Mountain solar project.
Mr. Alstead provides clients with the responsive counsel they need in complex land use and water rights matters, and in real estate and energy transactions. Clients in the energy transmission, mining, geothermal, solar, real estate development, and resort industries count on his guidance. Regarding the Copper Mountain projects, he handled the real estate, land use (City Council hearings), and construction contract work for each of the CMS 1, 2, and 3, projects. He is primarily a real estate and permitting lawyer for energy projects (primarily solar, geothermal, and transmission).
Working from the firm’s Reno and Las Vegas offices, Mr. Alstead has experience covering a broad range of land use issues common to Nevada, such as zoning changes, special use permits, water rights issues, and variances. Mr. Alstead’s experience also covers the areas of gaming and liquor licensing, development agreements, municipal leasing for energy generation and transmission projects, and open meeting law counseling. While he typically represents project proponents, Mr. Alstead also has successfully opposed land use applications.
National Clean Energy Summit 5.0: The Power of Choice [Read more...]
Renewable Energy Policy in Nevada
Meeting Topic – Public Utilities Commission of Nevada: Renewable Responsibilities
Presented by: Karen Olesky, Policy Advisor for the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada
The meeting will encompass a brief overview of how the State Legislature creates renewable mandates and goals for the Utilities to implement, which then are monitored and enforced by the PUCN. Specifically I will be discussing the state RPS, the solar carve out of the RPS and then the small scale renewable programs for solar PV. Energy Efficiency is also important to the RPS.
Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System
November’s event is a very special opportunity to learn about a major solar project in our backyard, BrightSource’s Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS) in construction near Primm, NV. Solar NV thanks the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for orgainzing this meeting! Members from both groups and the public will be in attendance.
Todd Stewart P.E., BrightSource’s Senior Director for Project Development, is our guest speaker. BrightSource’s main office is in Oakland, CA, however as a fellow engineer Todd is visiting for our event – please come to this rare opportunity!
When: November 10, 2011, 6:30pm
Where: Vegas PBS Building, 3050 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas NV, 89121
More: Meeting Flyer (PDF)
ISEGS is a 3-plant, 392-megawatt solar complex using mirrors to focus the power of the sun on solar receivers atop power towers. The electricity generated by all three plants is enough to serve more than 140,000 homes in California during the peak hours of the day. The complex is located in Ivanpah, about five miles from the California-Nevada border, on federal land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The project – which counts RG Solar, Google and BrightSource as equity investors – is currently the largest solar plant under construction in the world. The project is being constructed by Bechtel.
For more detailed information on the project, visit IvanpahSolar.com.
We hope to see you at this special event! It is open to the public.