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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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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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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The HOMES Act

Energy Retrofit Legislation Introduced to Create Jobs and Help Homeowners Reduce Energy Costs

Washington, DC — On March 21, Efficiency First joined Congressman McKinley and Congressman Welch, the US Chamber of Commerce, and other industry leaders to announce the Home Owner Managing Energy Savings (HOMES) Act – bipartisan legislation to provide incentives for homeowners who perform energy retrofits.

Efficiency First Executive Director Jay Murdoch said: “More than any single interest group, it is the contractor and home energy auditor members of Efficiency First who are invited into homes every day – helping to solve real comfort and energy efficiency problems for homeowners.  Because of this close interaction with the homeowner, this is the group that best understands the needs of homeowners and equally important, what motivates them to make the choice to improve their home.  By offering incentives tied back to demonstrated savings, the HOMES Act will be a catalyst and will cause consumers to take action and hire a qualified contractor to make the desired home improvements.”

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