DesertSol set to open at Springs Preserve

DesertSolBy Chelsea Sendgraff

February is set to bring a new love to the city of Las Vegas.

DesertSol, the beloved house that won first place in America and second place in the world in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2013 Solar Decathlon, will be welcomed to the Las Vegas Springs Preserve. While no exact date has been set, according to the Team Las Vegas Solar Decathlon 2013 Facebook page, the house will open to the public this month.

The multi-award winning home built by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ Solar Decathlon team features amenities such as photovoltaic solar panels, low flow ultra-efficient water fixtures, and a ductless heat pump system that eliminates energy losses. Over sixty UNLV students worked on the 700-square-foot house turned exhibit where the public will be able to learn about sustainable living.

Currently being built within the Botanical Gardens, DesertSol is awaiting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification. The home will be in great company at the Springs Preserve as it will be the eighth LEED building on the premises. 


November 2012 Meeting

Meeting Topic: Sustainability in Las Vegas

Solar NV meets monthly and everyone is invited!

Date: November 15th. (third Thursday of every month)
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: University of Nevada – Las Vegas

Greenspun Hall, Room 2212
4505 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89154

(Maps, directions, parking info)

Sustaining Las VegasOur speaker for November is Marco Velotta, City of Las Vegas, Office of Sustainability.

The meeting will highlight the sustainability initiatives enacted by the City of Las Vegas. The presentation will show the scope of the sustainability plans and actions, but will concentrate on the transportation and renewable energy efforts that are underway to help reduce the city’s dependence on fossil fuels.

Marco Velotta is a member of the City of Las Vegas Office of Sustainability and assists with the implementation of the City’s Sustainability initiative. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2006 with a BS in Geography, Math minor and a Master’s in City Planning in 2008. Marco presently assists with the management of the City’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant allocation, the City’s Green Building Program, and implementation of the City’s Sustainable Energy Strategy, including the planning and development of renewable energy and conservation projects and community energy efficiency programs.

We look forward to seeing you for this opportunity to learn about all the great green things and sustainable development going on in Las Vegas!