Nevada Solar Energy Resources and Incentives
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Incentives and Rebates
Nevada’s Energy Portfolio Standard declares that by 2015, state’s total energy should be 20% derived from renewable sources, and in it 5% must come from solar energy. This declaration came with an incentive for power companies; Government will approve their application for credit. This credit will be calculated from the total number of renewable kilowatts they will generate. Government has shown enormous interest in solar energy by keeping the largest credit for Solar Power, $2.4/KW precisely.
Property Tax Abatement
The Nevada’s law has gone through some amendments to encourage people to use renewable energy sources including solar power. To summaries the matter, Database of State Incentive for Renewable & Efficiency (DSIRE) puts it here “In the special session of June 2005, Nevada passed Assembly Bill number 3, which included provisions for a partial abatement of property taxes for property that has a building or structure that meets or exceeds the United States Green Building Council’s LEED Silver rating system. The partial abatement was for duration of not more than 10 years and was not to exceed 50% of the property taxes due.” The Buildings categorized as Silver Level can receive 25%, Gold Level 30% and Platinum Level 35 % abatement of tax. All this proved to be a very successful measure, as of June 2007 around 63 million square feet had applied for tax abatement.
It is a method related to measuring the energy generated and consumed at a private building. Sometimes it happens that a consumer who is generating power is left with surplus electricity, than Net-metering ensures the calculated meter backward movement, depending on the state’s rules. In a way it is the crediting of excessive electricity to the consumer’s account. Nevada’s Net Metering rules are described by DSIRE as “Systems up to one megawatt (MW) in capacity that generate electricity using solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and certain types of hydropower are generally eligible, although systems greater than 100 kilowatts (kW) in capacity may be subject to certain costs at the utility’s discretion.”
ACCIONA’s Nevada Solar One™
Nevada Solar One is the third largest concentrated solar power plant in the world. With approximate development cost of more than US$260 million it became operational in June 2007. It successfully demonstrates that solar power generation is feasible on a commercial scale. It generates electricity without almost emitting any CO2. And it proudly makes Nevada the largest per-capita solar energy generator in U.S. Under Power purchase agreements (PPAs), Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Power Company have purchased the entire electricity generated by the plant. The PPAs make sure that electricity is produced in reasonable rates. Some informative videos can be appreciated on the web here.
Nellis Air Force Base
It is the renowned installation of the Air Combat Command (ACC) located in Nellis, Nevada; it trains U.S. and foreigner aircrews. It is spread across over an area of 11,300 acres and has many photovoltaic plants; the largest Nellis Solar Star is of 140 acre. 72,000 solar panels produce Zero-CO2 emission which is equivalent to removing 185,000 cars from the city. The plant is owned by MMA Renewable Ventures, and generates 14 megawatts of electricity thus demonstrates how much abundant resources U.S. have of renewable energy.
Solatron Technologies, Inc
Apart from state’s rebate, Solatron Technologies, Inc offers customer an additional U.S $400 rebate per PTC (PV USA Test Conditions) rated kilowatt. It has introduced programs like SolarGreenBacks, which offers additional cash rebate from U.S. $150 to $400, depending upon the option chosen by the customer.
NV Energy is a well known company that has served customers in northern Nevada and northeastern California for over 150 years, and southern Nevada since 1906. It offers many deals for renewable energy and for solar energy it has SolarGenerations that offers rebates to customers for using photovoltaic systems on their houses, businesses, buildings, churches and schools.
The amounts of rebate are summarized on its page
- Rebates for residential customers will be $2.30 per watt, up to 5,000 watts. The maximum rebate available is $11,500.
- Small business customer rebates will be $2.30 per watt, up to 30,000 watts. The maximum rebate available is $69,000.
- Schools and public buildings rebates are $4.60 per watt.”
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)
UNLV offers courses so that students eager to know about renewable energy may get clear idea about its importance. There are many projects that the university is participating in, offering new dimensions to renewable energy. This original article originally appeared here.
Amonix Integrated High-Concentration Photovoltaic (IHCPV) System
The project features five modular panels, each rated at 5KW making it 25-Kw ICHCPV. A live image of the system can be seen here, which is updated every 30 seconds. The exclusiveness of this project can be truly appreciated by going through this passage published on their web. “The efficiency of any solar-electric system increases if the sun is tracked (in order to absorb the most direct normal light), and this system additionally performs sun tracking. The Amonix system is an example of a “concentrator” system. It uses a tracking (not stationary) concentration scheme by use of a proprietary hydraulically-driven tracker and by “integrating” the lens, solar cell, and solar receiver plate into a single unit”
Zero Energy Home (ZEH)
Nevada Southwest Energy Partnership (NSWEP), Pinnacle Homes, NREL, and the Center for Energy Research have gone with a joint venture with ConSol and Nevada Power and they came across with an idea of a home that generates as much electricity as it consumes. The project is explained on the web as “The house will face north/south with the front north to the street. On the south side of the roof of the home a 5.0kW photovoltaic system will be installed. These are integrated solar panels that blend in with the roof tiles. These are a source of power throughout the year. In cool months this PV system will be able to produce more power than the home uses and put the power not used in the power grid, but in the summer months the home will use more than the PV system can produce. At the end of the fiscal year the home will have used as much power as it produced all year. This home will also save energy in the water heating. On the south side of the roof close to the ridge there will be a 50 gallon solar water heater. This water heater will supply the whole home with hot water. For the days when the weather is not warm enough there is a tank less electric water heater which will turn on automatically.”
Sample Zero Energy House
Map of Solar projects
There are many projects going on in Nevada involving solar energy, there is a map that clearly depicts the location of these currently running projects. By going through the map it can easily be realized that Nevada is fully utilizing the potential it posses in the solar energy area.
School Reconstruction Policy
All the districts in Nevada are required to use renewable energy sources including solar energy whenever they are about to reconstruct the schools. Take an example of Clark County School District that has used all the renewable and innovative technologies including solar energy which has turned it into one model school of its district. The web offers all the details about its ongoing projects.
There are many companies offering products and services about solar energy in Nevada. A few important companies are listed below.
Silicon Solar Inc 888-SOLAR-11
Sierra Solar Systems 775-33-SOLAR
Ben’s Discount Supply Co. Inc. 800-771-7702
SolarGenerations Program 866-PV-NEVADA
American Solar Energy Society – Southern Nevada Chapter 702-507-0093
Mehrten Jim Carpentry 775-883-5770
Nevada Solar Living 702-433-6815
Aqua Sun International 775-783-8566
R V Options 866-787-8833
Alternative Energy Solutions 866-491-SOLR
Independent Power Corporation 775-331-0228
The Power Company 775-677-0999
United Solar Energy Inc. 702-451-1000