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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August 2012 Meeting

Meeting Topic: Geothermal for Buildings: Making the Ground Work For You

Ground Source Heat ExchangeMaking Your World Better Through Ground Source Heat Exchange

Presented by: Paul Simpson, GES,Inc. & Gregory DeSart, founder of GES, Inc.

Speakers from Geotechnical & Environmental Services, Inc. will explain how the unvarying temperatures of the ground can be used to increase a buildings’ efficiency. Ground Source Heat Exchange systems are not only feasible in Southern Nevada, they provide cost savings and environmental benefits. Projects that have incorporated GSHE include, 3 of the trade High Schools in the valley, Cashman Equipment, The Henderson Aquatic Center, and the Las Vegas PBS Building. In addition, two schools were recently constructed in Pahrump utilizing GSHE.

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July 2012 Meeting

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.

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June 2012 Meeting – Solarbration!

The Las Vegas Solar Festival

Solarbration – Las Vegas Solar FestivalSolar NV is a proud sponsor of Solarbration and will have a booth at the event. It will take the place of our regular monthly meeting for June. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Be sure to tell your friends too!

The Annual Las Vegas Solar Festival blends art, technology, and outreach to promote renewable energy, inspire conservation, and support sustainable communities.

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May 2012 Meeting

Topic: Searchlight Wind Energy Project

Presented by: Nancy Christ, Planning and Environmental Coordinator for the BLM Renewable Energy Coordination Office in Las Vegas.

Pine Tree Wind Energy Project

Searchlight Wind Energy, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Duke Energy, is proposing to develop a 200-megawatt wind energy generation facility on public land located near Searchlight, Nevada, approximately 60 miles southeast of Las Vegas. The proposed project would include up to 96 wind turbines.

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April 2012 Meeting

Solar NV meets monthly and everyone is invited!

Date: April 19th. (third Thursday of every month)

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: University of Nevada – Las Vegas (UNLV)

Frank & Estella Beam Hall – Room 110
4505 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89154
(Maps, directions, parking info)

Meeting Topic: UNLV Solar Decathlon Project
The Autonomy House

UNLV's Autonomy HouseThe UNLV Solar Decathalon Team will compete in the 2013 Department of Energy Solar Decathalon.

Student team leaders and their faculty advisor will present their project at Solar NV’s monthly meeting on April 19th. Here is a colorful description of The Autonomy House project from Team Las Vegas (PDF).

In a recent Green Living column published in the Las Vegas Review Journal, Solar NV co-founder Steve Rypka wrote:

The Solar Decathlon is a serious challenge and only twenty collegiate teams are chosen to compete in this prestigious biennial event, first held in 2002. The next one will take place in the fall of 2013 and it is special, for a few reasons. All previous Solar Decathlons have been held in Washington, D.C. In 2013, it will take place in sunny Orange County, California. That puts it into easy driving distance for Southern Nevadans. What a great opportunity!

If that’s not special enough for you, how about the fact that UNLV is among the teams that will be competing? This is very exciting news and something our entire community can and should rally behind. Students and faculty celebrated the recent announcement after years of hard work honing their winning application. Congratulations to Team Las Vegas! [Read the full article]

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