September Presentation: Ricardo Graf, Managing Partner of Arevia Power about proposed 690 MW Gemini Solar Project

September 19th, 6pm-7:30 Networking, Presentation, Q&A

Where: Sahara West Library Glass Room,
9600 West Sahara, Las Vegas 89117

The proposed 690 MW Gemini Solar Project located off of I-15 a few miles north of Las Vegas.   Some of the Economic and environmental Benefits of Gemini Solar include the following 

  • Energy created by the Gemini Solar Project will stay in Nevada and help the state reach its renewable energy portfolio standard ahead of schedule
  • The project will create hundreds of jobs for Nevadans during construction, contributing to the growth of our economy
  • The project will also generate taxes and other financial benefits for Clark County and the state
  • Solar production is good for the environment and for air quality; this project will reduce our carbon footprint by eliminating nearly a million metric tons of carbon dioxide each year
  • The project includes a 340 MW battery storage component that can deliver energy at night and at peak times;
  • Nevada has more reliable sunshine than almost any other state in the country.  Solar is a permanent renewable energy resource that will make us less reliant on fossil fuels.
  • Solar is the future of energy; it is efficient, non-polluting and safe and we should encourage investment and development of utility solar projects.
  • When fully operational, the project will generate enough clean solar energy to serve the needs of about 400,000 homes per year, displacing approximately one and a half million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually – the equivalent of taking about 290,000 cars off the road.
  • The project developers are committed to protecting native species, such as the desert tortoise, during construction and afterwards. In fact, the project will employ an innovative approach that preserves native vegetation and, after construction, desert tortoises will relocated back to their original habitat

 For more information on the project, you can visit www.geminisolarnv.com
The Bureau of Land Management is now accepting public comment for the project’s draft environmental impact statement through September 5.  blm_nv_sndo_geminisolar@blm.gov

Ricardo Graf has lead solar development project teams to over $502MM in project financing of utility-scale solar PV projects over the last nine years and is the primary point of contact for development related activities associated to the Gemini Solar Project. He is seasoned in all facets of solar PV project development – between his efforts, most recently with SunEdison and GCL New Energy, he has created over 2,000MW of project pipeline/backlog in the Western U.S., Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Jamaica. He is the overall project director for all projects at Arevia and manages their execution including permitting, interconnection, PPA, regulatory affairs and construction. He holds a B.S. in Public Relations from Pacific Union College and an M.B.A. from La Sierra University.

April 25th Thursday Meeting: Presentation by Robert F. Boehm, PhD, PE Director of the Energy Research Center, UNLV

6pm-7:30 Networking, Presentation, Q&A

Where: Sahara West Library Glass Room,
9600 West Sahara, Las Vegas 89117

Robert F. Boehm, PhD, PE
University Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director of the Energy Research Center
Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering
UNLV

R. Boehm will present an overview of several aspects of the current development state in solar energy applications.  While it will focus particular emphases on the local area, some wider ranging information will also be included. 
The presentation is divided into three parts. 

In the first part, the situation of solar application development in the US generally will be outlined. 

In the second part, several Nevada commercial projects, particularly of large scale, will be shown and discussed.   

Finally a brief overview of the projects that have taken place in the Center for Energy Research at the University of Nevada Las Vegas in the last several years will be shown.D

Solar Thermal heating systems by John Floyd of Heliocol

WHERE: Sahara West Library
9600 W. Shara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89117

March 21st at 6 PM

March 21st meeting: John Floyd from Heliocol Solar Thermal Heating systems discussing the typical situation where PV needs to replace Thermal Panels and Dual Installation.

John Floyd began his professional career as a young military officer. Commissioned as a second lieutenant, he has held several leadership positions directing the efforts of hundreds of military members. After a successful military career he joined New York Life Insurance Company. While there his sales record earned him an opportunity to join the agency management team. He help recruit, train and develop successful agents for the company. He won a company national sales management award. His management experience also includes operating small business and serving as president of a local title insurance agency. Other back ground includes expertise in business planning, estate and insurance planning.

He also worked for nearly seven years with a Key Bank. There he solidified his understanding of business cash flow planning; lending specifics and treasury management accounts.

He has operated as a commercial loan broker and facilitated the purchase and refinance of real estate projects and served as a consultant. 

John has served on numerous private and public board and commissions. In 1997, he was chosen as one of twenty candidates, by the Anchorage Mayors office to as a participant of the Pew Charitable Trust “Civic Entrepreneur” Program. In 2008, he was nominated by Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and subsequently confirmed by the state legislator to serve on the Public Accountancy Board, which oversees the licensing of Certified Public Accountants (CPA). 

He has been a Rotarian for nearly twenty years and continues to be active in community affairs. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale Illinois. He has been married for nearly 25 years and has four children.

Upcoming Presentation tentatively April 25th, Thursday:
Dr. Robert Boehm

University Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director of the Energy Research Center
Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering UNLV

Discussing: Recent Solar Energy Work at UNLV, include some discussion of power generation studies done at UNLV and building related information.

Future Presentation by Alex Kragie working with Governor’s Office of Energy to create the Nevada Clean Energy Fund. The NCEF is Nevada’s Green Bank, created to enable financing for renewable projects around Nevada.

February 27th Wednesday 6pm Solar NV Public Meeting Electric Vehicle Association

Stan Hanel is Secretary and Board of Directors Member of the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association (LVEVA)www.lasvegaseva.org
After editing and writing for the local LVEVA chapter newsletter, Stan was approached by an editor of the “Drive” automotive section of the Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2009 to write a monthly column about electric cars called “Plugged In” that ran continuously until 2014.
Stan currently co-hosts the Shades of Green radio show on KDWN 101.5 FM/720 AM every Monday morning from 9 AM to 10 AM, produced by the Green Alliance of Nevada: https://www.greenalliancenv.org/shades-of-green In his spare time, Stan also likes tinkering with electronics and tries to avoid blowing things up (not always successfully)…

WHERE: Sahara West Library
9600 W. Shara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89117

March 21st meeting: John Floyd from Helicol Solar Thermal Heating systems discussing the typical sitiuation where PV needs to replace Thermal Panels and Dual Installation.

Upcoming Presentation tentatively April 25th, Thursday:
Dr. Robert Boehm

University Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director of the Energy Research Center
Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering UNLV

Discussing: Recent Solar Energy Work at UNLV, include some discussion of power generation studies done at UNLV and building related information.

Future Presentation by Alex Kragie working with Governor’s Office of Energy to create the Nevada Clean Energy Fund. The NCEF is Nevada’s Green Bank, created to enable financing for renewable projects around Nevada.

September Monthly Meeting: Future of Solar in Nevada

Speaker: Guy Snow, southern Nevada chapter President, ASES

Discussion general topic of solar’s future in Nevada.
free to public
Thursday September 20th, 2018 6:00 – 7:30pm

Networking 6pm Speaker at 6:30pm

Where: UNLV classroom B-172 in the TBE
(Thomas T. Beam Engineering Complex) B building
FREE to attend meeting
Visitor Lot
Cottage Grove Parking Structure near building.
$2 /hour – Free after 7pm
Coin meter up to 7pm
Off Maryland Pkwy and Cottage Grove

Speaker: Guy Snow, president SolarNV, southern Nevada chapter ASES

A 25 year resident of Las Vegas.
Guy served IBEW apprenticeship in Sacramento, California and gathered experience in many aspects of electrical construction: residential, commercial, industrial, and renewable energy installations.

Currently Guy Snow is a NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer and general foreman with G & G Systems, where he lead the design-build renewable energy division. In addition to that position, he stays busy teaching IBEW electricians Photovoltaics at the local training hall; reach out as an independent solar compliance consultant for our local utility, NV Energy; and serve on the Board of Directors for Solar NV, the Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Solar Energy Society (of which is a Life Member).

additional parking
A metered lot up to 7pm specifically for visitors is located at the main entrance of the campus at Maryland Parkway and Harmon Avenue. Metered parking costs $1.25 per hour. Metered parking is also available in various lots throughout the campus. Up to 7pm
In addition, visitors may purchase a daily, weekly, or monthly permit from Parking & Transportation Services that will allow them to park in student spaces. This permit cannot be used as a method of payment for metered parking.

Maximizing Your Energy Efficiency for Homes and Businesses Investment

Meeting Rescheduled to July 19th
New location: Spring Valley Library
4280 South Jones Boulevard

 

Is your Home Energy Efficient?  Do you know where you are wasting money running your home?

Looking to buy or sell your home; know the ‘other costs’ associated with home ownership.

Before you put Solar on your home, make sure the low cost ‘fixes’ are made.

Date: THURSDAY     JULY 19, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: New Location Spring Valley Library
4280 South Jones Boulevard  FREE to attend

Speaker: Les Lazareck, Certified Residential Energy Inspector

LES LAZARECK HOME ENERGY CONNECTIONLes Lazareck is a residential Home Performance Expert who as the original Program Manager established Nevada’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program, HomeFree Nevada. He is a certified home energy rater (HERS) through RESNET, certified Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst, Envelope and AC Heat Pump Professional trainer and proctor, Certified National Green Building Verifier (NAHB), owner of Home Energy Connection, LLC and a founding member and past Board Member of Solar NV, the local chapter of the American Solar Energy Society and Nevada Building Performance Professional. Les Lazareck earned his Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, focusing on alternative energy design. Applying his knowledge in residential home performance, Mr. Lazareck’s production home is now a net zero electric home.

Home Energy Connection provides a wide range of services for homeowners, builders, insulation, HVAC and remodeling trades, realtors and lenders for new and existing homes and commercial buildings. Since most buildings are built to code and code represents the minimum accepted standards for buildings, we strive to create high performing homes/buildings whether new or existing. In many cases, this adds little to the cost of the building or retrofit. Working with your goals, Home Energy Connection will craft a solution.

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Air Leakage accounts for largest category of heat loss/gain in your home. Air sealing walls and ceiling is typically more valuable than windows and doors.

If you own, are buying, selling or plan to build a single or multi-family home or commercial property, call Home Energy Connection first. Unlike Home/Building Inspectors, Home Energy Connection is trained, certified, licensed and experienced to:

    1. Buying
      1. Determine the cost of operating the property.
      2. Verify the combustion appliances (water heater, furnace, oven, etc.) are operating safely.
      3. We provide recommendations to optimize the home/building’s energy efficiency, comfort, health, safety and durability which can assist you in negotiating a lower purchase price.
      4. We oversee and coordinate improvements so work is performed to industry best practices.
    2. Selling
      1. Perform an energy assessment to determine how your home/building compares to similar properties and decide if and what improvement may be desirable to complete. The MLS system can document these improvements. The cost of the energy assessment can be included in the closing costs like a home inspection.
      2.  The Appraisal Institute now requires the results of an energy assessment be used in determining the property’s value.
      3. In addition to the aesthetic features of your home/building, use documented energy performance to sell the property faster, (e.g., new or upgraded a/c or furnace, energy star appliances or recently installed windows or doors.)
    3. Building/Remodeling
      1. Through planning, we can help incorporate design elements to maximize the building’s performance, comfort, indoor air quality and durability.
      2. Verify your home if seeking ENERGY STAR or NAHB National Green Buildingcertification.
      3. Represent the owner to ensure work is performed to best practices and verified.
    4. Training for Energy Auditors and Contractors
      1. Train and proctor individuals interested in becoming a BPI Certified Building Analyst, Envelope or AC and Heat Pump Professional or RESNET Home Energy Rater (HERS).