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Due to the cancellation of events and gatherings there will be no meeting this month. Please watch our web site for important updates.


October 2013 Meeting

Meeting Topic: Electric Vehicles 101

Electric vehicles charged by the sun are Beyond Oil!Join us to learn all about the latest electric vehicle technology from Stan Hanel! Mr. Hanel is an Outreach Coordinator for the Nevada Electric Vehicle Acccelerator (NEVA), a non-profit program started by NV Energy, NDOT and REA250 that is helping to create infrastructure in support of the rollout of plug-in electric vehicles throughout the state. He also writes a monthly column called “Plugged In” for the “Drive” automotive section of the Las Vegas Review-Journal that describes the ongoing electrification of the automotive industry.

Stan will be accompanied by a number of electric vehicles that you can check out after the meeting!

Solar NV meets monthly and everyone is invited!

Date: October 17th (third Thursday of every month)

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: University of Nevada – Las Vegas (UNLV)
UNLV Student Union, 1st Floor – UNLV Business Startup Center
4505 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89154 (map & parking info)

Solar Tour & Solarbration

This year’s Solar Home Tour and Solarbration went off without a hitch. Thanks to everyone who helped out, including the homeowners, volunteers, sponsors and everyone who participated!

Clean renewable energy from the sun has never been more affordable or popular. We’re on a roll!

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!
Tour Feedback


All photos by Steve Rypka

September 2013 Meeting

Meeting Topic: K2 Energy

Join us to hear from K2 Energy, an innovative developer and manufacturer of cells, batteries and energy storage systems utilizing proprietary K2|LiFePO4 chemistry. K2’s field-proven products offer industry-leading energy density, superior power, and are made of environmentally friendly, lightweight materials, providing increased cycle life and enhanced safety.

K2 just opened the K2 – Advanced Battery Laboratories located in Henderson, Nevada which features cutting edge robotic automation, battery pack lines, research and development facilities.

Solar NV meets monthly and everyone is invited!

Date: September 19th (third Thursday of every month)

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: University of Nevada – Las Vegas (UNLV)
UNLV Student Union, 1st Floor – UNLV Business Startup Center
4505 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89154 (map & parking info)

Solar NV to honor NV Energy and UNLV at annual CRINIS awards dinner on September 7

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

Each year, Solar NV honors an individual or organization in the community who has made significant contributions to a secure energy future through innovations in conservation and/or renewable energy in Nevada.

Please join us this year to celebrate our 2013 Nevada Renewable Energy Leadership Award winner, NV Energy!

Through energy conservation, renewable energy procurement, and a commitment to reducing the use of coal as an energy source, NV Energy has established itself as a company focused on sustainability and the future.

Further, SolarNV is proud to announce a $2,500 financial donation to the UNLV Solar Decathlon Team, in support of their mission to design, build, and maintain a sustainable solar powered home. The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 is an international competition with the goal of educating the public about energy-saving residential designs.

September 7, 2013 @ Panevino Las Vegas

246 Via Antonio Avenue Las Vegas, NV 89119

The reception will begin promptly at 6:00 P.M. with hors d’oevures and a silent auction followed by dinner at 7:00 P.M.

$85 per Person

Please RSVP by purchasing tickets

Buy individual Crinis tickets
Sponsor a table at Crinis
The 2012 Nevada Renewable Energy Leadership Award recipient was 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 were 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 this year’s Solar NV Scholarship recipient will be announced.

Our 2012 winner 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 Award 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! We hope to see you at the next one.

Our Sponsors

Solar NV yearly sponsors are: Bombard Renewable Energy, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 357, NV Energy and Southwest Gas.

Crinis sponsors: The Art Institute of Las Vegas, D’s Design Jewelry, Las Vegas Ski Resort, Olive Mediterranean Grill & Hookah Bar, Panevino Ristorante, Sean Henn Voyage Financial Services, Seth Grabel, Time Printing and Trader Joe’s.


Past Recipients

2007 Dina Titus, U.S. Congresswoman
2008 Professor Robert Boehm, Director, UNLV Energy Research Center
2009 Rose McKinney-James, President and CEO, Energy Works Consulting
2010 Commissioner Rebecca Wagner, Nevada Public Utilities Commission
2011 Green Chips, Environmental Sustainability in Nevada
2012 Lydia Ball, Executive Director, Clean Energy Project