U.S. Department of Energy

    Solar Energy Efforts Approved by Nevada Public Utilities Commission

    March 28, 2007

    On March 22, the Nevada Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved 562 applications for more solar energy development, including a photovoltaic installation at the state printing office. The commission also approved a 20-year contract for 18 megawatts (MW) of solar power to be generated at Nellis Air Force Base, just northeast of Las Vegas.

    "Solar energy is one of Nevada's abundant natural resources and a part of my renewable energy policy," said Governor Jim Gibbons. "I applaud the efforts of the legislature as well as the individual Nevadans and businesses to take their own steps toward energy independence, and I will continue working with them to move our state toward the same goal."

    The PUC approved 562 applicants nominated by the Renewable Energy Task Force for participation in the Solar Energy Demonstration Program, also known as SolarGenerations, for program year four. Among the applicants is the Legislative Counsel Bureau (LCB), which intends to install 30 kilowatts (kW) of solar panels on the Nevada State Printing Office. Other legislation has been introduced to encourage more schools to use solar energy and to make public buildings more energy efficient.

    The Solar Energy Systems Demonstration Program was created by the passage of AB 421 in the 2003 legislative session, and provides incentives to participants who install solar panels on their homes, businesses, public buildings, and schools.

    The PUC also approved a 20-year contract between Nevada Power Company and Solar Star NAFB for renewable energy portfolio credits to be generated at a solar photovoltaic facility on the Nellis Air Force Base in Clark County. The facility will be built by PowerLight Corp., a subsidiary of SunPower Corp., on 140 acres on the north side of the base. Solar Star NAFB is expected to generate up to 18 MW of electricity for use by Nellis, and the portfolio credits will be sold to Nevada Power Company to help meet its requirements under the Nevada Renewable Portfolio Standard.

    For more information, see the March 22 PUC press release.

    Sources: March 28 article in EERE Network News and March 22 article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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