2014 Solar Home Tour & Solarbration

The 10th Annual Southern Nevada Solar Home Tour is here!

Get an early start! Take the Solar Home Tour, then head on over to Solarbration!

Solar Home Tour: October 11, 2014 @ 10 am – 4:00 pm

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 ten years, the Southern Nevada Solar Home Tour has been a great event. Solar NV would like to express our thanks to the owners who open their homes and share their stories.
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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.

The tour is ONLY $5 per car! This is also a great time to renew your Solar NV membership.

We invite you to join us for this year’s Southern Nevada Solar Home Tour!
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Solarbration: October 11, 2014 @ Noon – 4:00 pm


All photos by Steve Rypka

September Meeting – New Location

Learn about Electric Vehicles During National Drive Electric Week

Join us for a demonstration about plug-in electric cars and a showcase of some EV charging stations at the Electrical Joint Apprentice Training Center (EJATC)!
There’s a ChargePoint charging station, solar photovoltaic parking array and wind turbine in the parking lot. Stan Hanel from the Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator (NEVA) will be bringing a Chevy Volt to display and other EVs will also be on display. Stan Hanel is an Outreach Coordinator for NEVA, a non-profit program that was started in February 2011 by NV Energy, Nevada Department of Transportation and REA250.  The NEVA program has been working with its partners to promote plug-in electric vehicle infrastructure across the state, including over 100 public EV charging sites providing electricity at no cost to electric vehicle owners.

September 18, 2014 (third Thursday of every month)
Time: 6:30 PM
Location:Electrical Joint Apprentice Training Center (EJATC),620 Leigon (not Legion) Way (Bonanza/Lamb), Las Vegas, NV 89110

August Monthly Meeting – New Location

Sun Cat Skylights

Sun Cat Skylights, the authorized Solatube Premier Dealer for Las Vegas and Southern Nevada will host SolarNV to show the latest and greatest products that can reduce lighting and HVAC energy use with the help of the sun! Sun Cat has an array of products aimed at reducing grid-dependence, so you’re sure to see something great.

 August 21, 2014 (third Thursday of every month)
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Sun Cat Skylight, 5965 Harrison Dr. Suite 3, Las Vegas, NV 89120

July Monthly Meeting

Public Utilities Commission of Nevada – Legislation & Updates, Focus on Net Metering and Renewable Energy Credits

During this month’s meeting Adam Danise from the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada will be speaking about PUCN reports and upcoming actions related to net metering and renewable energy credits. This is a huge deal for those of us that own and/or install grid-tied solar PV, wind, or other renewable energy systems!

Adam is a native Las Vegan. He is an Electrical Engineer for the Regulatory Operations Staff of the Public Utilities Commission. At the Commission, he testifies on renewable energy programs, integrated resource plans and general rate cases. Prior to joining the Commission in 2009, he worked at the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Repository Project as a Licensing Engineer

 July 17, 2014 (third Thursday of every month)
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: UNLV Student Union, 1st Floor – UNLV Business Startup Center, 4505 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89154 (map & parking info)

June Monthly Meeting

NV Energy Renewable Generations Program – Solar Rebates!

During this month’s meeting Ben Robertson from NV Energy will be speaking about the Renewable Generations solar rebates, and will also speak briefly on wind, hydro, and solar hot water. This program allows eligible customers to receive a rebate for a portion of their system cost. Ben has been the Renewable Generations Project Coordinator for over 4 years and is a native of Las Vegas.

Date: June 19, 2014 (third Thursday of every month)
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: UNLV Student Union, 1st Floor – UNLV Business Startup Center, 4505 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89154 (map & parking info)

May Monthly Meeting

Sun & Struggle: The Quest for Solar Power in the Mojave

During this month’s meeting Jim Rossi will present a summary of his UNLV History Masters thesis, Sun & Struggle: The Quest for Solar Power in the Mojave- an introduction to the business history of energy, energy subsidies, environmental history, and even why China makes so many PV panels. Before coming to UNLV, Jim lived in San Francisco and wrote for the Los Angeles Times, Bike, and many other publications. He is currently adapting Sun & Struggle into his first book.

50 Year Trail 1

Date: May 15, 2014 (third Thursday of every month)
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: UNLV Student Union, 1st Floor – UNLV Business Startup Center, 4505 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89154 (map & parking info)