February 2013 Meeting

Meeting Topic: EnergyFit Nevada

Solar NV meets monthly and everyone is invited!

Date: February 21st. (third Thursday of every month)
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: University of Nevada – Las Vegas
(UNLV)

Beam Hall, Room 120 (BEH 120)
4505 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89154 (map & parking info)

energyfit-nevadaLauren Boitel of EnergyFit Nevada will talk about how the organization is helping people save money, be more comfortable and help the environment.

EnergyFit Nevada is the statewide nonprofit sponsor of Home Performance with ENERGY STAR.  Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) is a national program from the U.S. EPA and DOE, which offers a comprehensive and quantitative whole-house approach to improving energy efficiency, comfort, health, safety and durability of homes.

A whole-house approach helps homeowners optimize energy efficiency by looking at the house as an energy system with interdependent parts, each of which affects the performance of the entire system. It also takes into account the homeowners, local climate and more. EnergyFit Nevada has helped over 550 Nevadans to live in healthier, happier, more affordable homes through our residential energy efficiency rebates.

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January 2013 Meeting

Meeting Topic: UNLV’s Solar Decathlon Program

Solar NV meets monthly and everyone is invited!

Date: January 17th. (third Thursday of every month)
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: University of Nevada – Las Vegas
(UNLV)

Greenspun Hall, Room GUA 2202
4505 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89154

UNLV solar decathon rendering.UNLV solar decathon rendering.

We are bringing in the New Year with old friends. The UNLV Solar decathlon team is going to be back to give us updates on their progress. The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 is an international competition to educate the public about energy-saving residential design. 20 collegiate teams will design, build, and operate ultra-efficient solar-powered houses. Solar Decathlon 2013 will be held in Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California from October 3-13, 2013.

As a student-run project, the interdisciplinary team members of the UNLV team get a first-hand experience in designing, planning, constructing, and maintaining a prototype house of the Mojave Desert. Currently, there are 40 students who work directly on the project. This number is expected to increase once the construction of the house begins next spring. The team has named their design DesertSol.

DesertSol’s design educates and inspires inhabitants of the Mojave Desert through the responsible use of the sun and water. DesertSol is designed to be the base camp for desert explorers in search of an escape, vacation or a retirement living. DesertSol’s design focuses on creating indoor-outdoor connections that allows the residents to enjoy the beauty of the environment. DesertSol will return to Las Vegas after the competition and become a public exhibit prototype, educating the valley residents and children of about sustainable living.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Solar NV Members-Only Holiday Party!

Full Throttle Blues BandFeaturing the Full Throttle Blues Band

When: Dec. 13th, 6-9 pm

Where: McMullan’s Irish Pub (Shenanigans Room)
4650 W. Tropicana, Las Vegas, Nevada  89103

Please join fellow Solar NV members to celebrate the holidays and another year of solar education!

Not a member?

Join us now, or you can join at the party for just $10!

There will be free drinks and appetizers, and entertainment will be provided by the Full Throttle Blues Band!

Be sure to vote!

There will be an election for Solar NV’s board of directors.

Interested in becoming a board member of Solar NV? If you’re a Solar NV member and you’d like to join our board of directors, please email [email protected]. The board of directors meets once a month to plan events and further Solar NV’s mission.

 

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November 2012 Meeting

Meeting Topic: Sustainability in Las Vegas

Solar NV meets monthly and everyone is invited!

Date: November 15th. (third Thursday of every month)
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: University of Nevada – Las Vegas
(UNLV)

Greenspun Hall, Room 2212
4505 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89154

(Maps, directions, parking info)

Sustaining Las VegasOur speaker for November is Marco Velotta, City of Las Vegas, Office of Sustainability.

The meeting will highlight the sustainability initiatives enacted by the City of Las Vegas. The presentation will show the scope of the sustainability plans and actions, but will concentrate on the transportation and renewable energy efforts that are underway to help reduce the city’s dependence on fossil fuels.

Marco Velotta is a member of the City of Las Vegas Office of Sustainability and assists with the implementation of the City’s Sustainability initiative. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2006 with a BS in Geography, Math minor and a Master’s in City Planning in 2008. Marco presently assists with the management of the City’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant allocation, the City’s Green Building Program, and implementation of the City’s Sustainable Energy Strategy, including the planning and development of renewable energy and conservation projects and community energy efficiency programs.

We look forward to seeing you for this opportunity to learn about all the great green things and sustainable development going on in Las Vegas!

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October 2012 Meeting

Meeting Topic: Living with a Leaf – PV & EV in NV

Driving on Sunshine!

Solar NV meets monthly and everyone is invited!

Date: October 18th. (third Thursday of every month)
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: University of Nevada – Las Vegas (UNLV)

Greenspun Hall, Room 2212
4505 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89154

(Maps, directions, parking info)

Steve Rypka lives a low-carbon lifestyle.Our speaker for October is Steve Rypka, green living consultant, writer and practitioner. He’ll be sharing his perspective about the practicalities of using the sun to power an electric vehicle.

Steve will discuss his decision to purchase one of the first Nissan Leaf’s sold in Nevada, plus a lot of other details about incentives, charging, batteries, vehicle range and maintenance. He has been happily driving on 100% sunshine since February. Learn how his investment in a roof-mounted photovoltaic system over seven years ago is not only paying for itself, but has become one of the best and most ethical financial investments imaginable.

Steve Rypka is a founding member, past board member and past president of Solar NV. He has been a strong advocate of renewable energy and green building for many years. His Green Living column has been published every other week in the Las Vegas Review Journal  for over six years. Enhanced versions of his columns (with images, links and videos) are posted and archived at GreenDream.biz.

After the presentation, Steve will show the Leaf and answer questions. We hope to see you  there!

Also, here is an excellent article by Las Vegas resident James Lindelien who charges his Chevy Volt with his solar array.

Some quotes from the article:

If you calculate the rapid payback time of solar power — when it is used to avoid expensive gasoline purchase costs — it’s a bargain. Instead of a decade or more to break even, a solar PV investment pays off in just a few years when the electric power is used to avoid buying expensive gasoline.

PV-sourced solar power has no inflation for the next twenty five years, and no price volatility. How’s that compare to the past twenty five years — and the future twenty five — of gasoline pricing and volatility? Getting tired of not knowing what a gallon of gas will cost next month, or the month after that?

 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in NV


View Nevada EVSE Locator Map in a larger map
Map courtesy of the Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator project.

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September 2012 Meeting

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

(Maps, directions, parking info)

Bryce AlsteadOur 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.

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