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

July 2013 Meeting

Meeting Topic: Utility, Commercial, and Residential Solar PV

Matt Van Note, Bombard Renewable EnergyJoin us to learn about the many ways that solar PV is being installed in Nevada. Matt Van Note from Bombard Renewable Energy will speak to us about exciting projects and how you can start your own.

Matt joined Bombard Renewable Energy in 2009 after six years of integrating automation and efficiency systems in new homes throughout Southern Nevada. Matt brings a high level of client service to Bombard, where he works as a project developer and marketing and outreach coordinator. Matt is a certified NABCEP PV Technical Sales professional and has worked on a development team that has built over 40 megawatts of solar PV in Nevada in the past four years.

Solar NV meets monthly and everyone is invited!

Date: July 18th (third Thursday of every month)
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: University of Nevada – Las Vegas
UNLV Student Union
1st Floor – UNLV Business Startup Center

4505 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89154 (map & parking info)

Note: The meeting location has recently been updated.

January 2013 Meeting

Meeting Topic: UNLV’s Solar Decathlon Program

Solar NV meets monthly and everyone is invited!

Date: January 17th. (third Thursday of every month)
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: University of Nevada – Las Vegas

Greenspun Hall, Room GUA 2202
4505 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89154

UNLV solar decathon rendering.UNLV solar decathon rendering.

We are bringing in the New Year with old friends. The UNLV Solar decathlon team is going to be back to give us updates on their progress. The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 is an international competition to educate the public about energy-saving residential design. 20 collegiate teams will design, build, and operate ultra-efficient solar-powered houses. Solar Decathlon 2013 will be held in Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California from October 3-13, 2013.

As a student-run project, the interdisciplinary team members of the UNLV team get a first-hand experience in designing, planning, constructing, and maintaining a prototype house of the Mojave Desert. Currently, there are 40 students who work directly on the project. This number is expected to increase once the construction of the house begins next spring. The team has named their design DesertSol.

DesertSol’s design educates and inspires inhabitants of the Mojave Desert through the responsible use of the sun and water. DesertSol is designed to be the base camp for desert explorers in search of an escape, vacation or a retirement living. DesertSol’s design focuses on creating indoor-outdoor connections that allows the residents to enjoy the beauty of the environment. DesertSol will return to Las Vegas after the competition and become a public exhibit prototype, educating the valley residents and children of about sustainable living.

We look forward to seeing you!

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 GreenDream.biz.

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.

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