DesertSol set to open at Springs Preserve

DesertSolBy Chelsea Sendgraff

February is set to bring a new love to the city of Las Vegas.

DesertSol, the beloved house that won first place in America and second place in the world in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2013 Solar Decathlon, will be welcomed to the Las Vegas Springs Preserve. While no exact date has been set, according to the Team Las Vegas Solar Decathlon 2013 Facebook page, the house will open to the public this month.

The multi-award winning home built by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ Solar Decathlon team features amenities such as photovoltaic solar panels, low flow ultra-efficient water fixtures, and a ductless heat pump system that eliminates energy losses. Over sixty UNLV students worked on the 700-square-foot house turned exhibit where the public will be able to learn about sustainable living.

Currently being built within the Botanical Gardens, DesertSol is awaiting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification. The home will be in great company at the Springs Preserve as it will be the eighth LEED building on the premises. 

 

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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!

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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!
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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!
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All photos by Steve Rypka

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SOLAR 2013 Panel to Address Political Attacks on Solar in State Legislatures Across the US

A nationwide misinformation campaign is underway to dismantle state-level policies critical to the growth of wind and solar. Panelists at the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) National Solar Conference taking place in Baltimore April 16-20, will unveil the misinformation at the heart of these efforts, and address ways to counter the opposition.

Special interest groups opposed to renewable energy and funded by fossil fuel interests, including the billionaire Koch brothers, are stepping up their misinformation campaign to repeal or weaken bipartisan Renewable Electricity Standards (RES) – also known as Renewable Portfolio Standards – in states across the US this year.

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Solar NV Honored at Local Solar Project Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon cutting for Silver State North Solar Installation near Primm, NV.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 powSolar NV receives a $5,000 donation for their work promoting renewable energy.er 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.

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NREL Renewable Energy Study

NREL studyThe National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has just released a seminal study detailing the extent to which renewable energy supply can meet the electricity demands of the continental United States over the next several decades.

The Renewable Electricity Futures Study “explores the implications and challenges of very high renewable electricity generation levels” by 2050, focusing on 80 percent of all U.S. electricity generation from renewable technologies.

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