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 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.

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

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!

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

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.

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

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.

2012 Crinis Awards

Nevada Renewable Energy Leadership AwardCrinis 2012 - Solar NV's annual Nevada Renewable Energy Leadership Award

On August 25, 2012 Solar NV, friends and supporters honored an individual in the Nevada community who has made significant contributions to a secure energy future through innovations in conservation and/or renewable energy in Nevada.

2012 Nevada Renewable Energy
Leadership Award recipient

Lydia Ball - 2012 Nevada Leadership Award Recipient

Lydia Ball

Through her work with the Sierra Club and contributions to the Clean Energy Project, Lydia has established her mission to bring renewable energy to Nevada. We are honored to add Lydia Ball to the distinguished list of Nevada Renewable Energy Leadership Award recipients.

Solar NV Scholarship Award

In addition, the winner of the 2013 Solar NV Scholarship recipient was announced. Kathryn Weavil, a senior at UNLV studying Environmental Science with a minor in Solar and Renewable Energy, was presented with a $2,500 scholarship to help further her studies.

Each year, Solar NV awards a scholarship for the following year to an outstanding University of Nevada – Las Vegas (UNLV) undergraduate or graduate student who is pursuing a future in the Solar / Renewable Energy Industry.

Congratulations to Lydia Ball and Kathryn Weavil. Solar NV appreciates your contributions – past, present and future – to improve the lives of the citizens of Nevada and beyond through the use of clean, renewable energy.

The 2012 Crinis Awards Banquet and silent auction was a great event enjoyed by all. Thanks to everyone who turned out and to those organizations who sponsored the event!


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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