Feb 2012 Meeting

Solar NV meets monthly and everyone is invited!

Note: We’ve changed meeting locations, day of the week and starting time!

6:30 PM on the third Thursday of every month. Our next meeting is February 16th.

University of Nevada – Las Vegas (UNLV)
Frank & Estella Beam Hall – Room 110
4505 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89154

(Maps, directions, parking info)

Our meetings feature speakers from a variety of renewable energy disciplines and are also a great place to network with people who share an interest in renewable energy.

For February’s meeting, we have Greg Helseth as a speaker:

Greg HelsethGreg Helseth is the Southern Nevada Renewable Energy Manager for the Bureau of Land Management. Stationed in Las Vegas, he had been with the BLM for three years, managing the Renewable Energy Coordination Office Southern Nevada District. Greg successfully accomplished two fast track Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) in 2010 and has the first solar energy site on federal land sending power to the grid. Southern Nevada has 5 EIS (4 solar, 1 wind) processing now. Before the BLM, Greg worked as a Mechanical Engineer, Senior Mechanical Engineer, and Engineering Manager for more than 15 years. He recently graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management Green and Sustainable Enterprise.

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Happy Holidays from Solar NV!

There's a lot we can do with the sun!We wish you all the best!

There’s a lot we can do with the sun –  from powering our homes and businesses to telling us the time of day (ok, that’s not exactly high-tech, but it’s a nice image).

There has never been a better time to get involved in the transition to clean energy. We hope the New Year is a good one for you and that we’ll be seeing you in 2012!

Dec 2011 Meeting

How to get solar for your home or business, and finance it too!

A happy Southern Nevada solar homeowner.Solar NV board member and electrician/solar installer Guy Snow will give a presentation that will teach you everything you need to know about getting that solar installation you’ve always wanted. Come prepared to learn and ask questions from one of the most experienced and busy installers in town!

Then, learn about a great financing option available from US Bank, as branch manager Denise Lyon will be speaking and providing information about their solar financing programs!

Meeting Info:

When: December 8, 2011, 6:30pm

Where: Vegas PBS Building, 3050 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas NV, 89121

We hope to see you at December’s meeting! It is open to the public.

Here Comes the Sun

For decades the story of technology has been dominated, in the popular mind and to a large extent in reality, by computing and the things you can do with it. Moore’s Law — in which the price of computing power falls roughly 50 percent every 18 months — has powered an ever-expanding range of applications, from faxes to Facebook.

Our mastery of the material world, on the other hand, has advanced much more slowly. The sources of energy, the way we move stuff around, are much the same as they were a generation ago.

But that may be about to change. We are, or at least we should be, on the cusp of an energy transformation, driven by the rapidly falling cost of solar power. That’s right, solar power.

If that surprises you, if you still think of solar power as some kind of hippie fantasy, blame our fossilized political system, in which fossil fuel producers have both powerful political allies and a powerful propaganda machine that denigrates alternatives.

Read the rest of “Here Comes the Sun” by Paul Krugman

Nov 2011 Meeting

Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System

Ivanpah Solar ProjectNovember’s event is a very special opportunity to learn about a major solar project in our backyard, BrightSource’s Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS) in construction near Primm, NV. Solar NV thanks the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for orgainzing this meeting! Members from both groups and the public will be in attendance.

Todd Stewart P.E., BrightSource’s Senior Director for Project Development, is our guest speaker. BrightSource’s main office is in Oakland, CA, however as a fellow engineer Todd is visiting for our event – please come to this rare opportunity!

Meeting Info:

When: November 10, 2011, 6:30pm

Where: Vegas PBS Building, 3050 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas NV, 89121

More: Meeting Flyer (PDF)

Project Overview:

ISEGS is a 3-plant, 392-megawatt solar complex using mirrors to focus the power of the sun on solar receivers atop power towers. The electricity generated by all three plants is enough to serve more than 140,000 homes in California during the peak hours of the day. The complex is located in Ivanpah, about five miles from the California-Nevada border, on federal land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The project – which counts RG Solar, Google and BrightSource as equity investors – is currently the largest solar plant under construction in the world. The project is being constructed by Bechtel.

For more detailed information on the project, visit IvanpahSolar.com.

We hope to see you at this special event! It is open to the public.

Solar Home Tour

Solar Home Tour

The 7th annual Southern Nevada Solar Home Tour was a resounding success!

From passive solar design, to water and energy efficiency and of course solar power, each home on the tour offered unique combinations of technology, materials and wise use of resources. The common thread was the enthusiasm of generous homeowners sharing their experiences about the tangible benefits of green living.

We hope you were on the tour this year. If you were, we thank you for attending and offer these words of caution: Attending a solar home tour can lead to a lifetime of energy independence and a major reduction in your carbon footprint. Clean energy is addicting. You surely came in close contact with others with similar issues. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

If you do become addicted, blame the American Solar Energy Society and their National Solar Tour. Many chapters hold tours every fall and collectively, it is the largest solar event in the country. More than 160,000 participants in 3,200 communities visited innovative green homes, learning how to use solar energy, energy efficiency, and other sustainable technologies to reduce monthly utility bills and help tackle climate change.

And finally a few words from, quite literally, the star of our tour…