All across the “Land of Enchantment” the state of Nevada is shining bright with a solar power future. To the south, near Boulder City, over a million solar panels cover desert lands, generating utility scale solar electricity. Using First Solar panels, the project will generate enough clean electricity to power about 26,000 homes, saving 123,000 metric tons of CO2 with the positive environmental impact of taking 24,000 cars off the road.
Up north in the Truckee Meadows, smaller solar panel arrays are also sprouting up. While on a scale smaller than the First Solar farm in the southern part of the state, distributed generation photovoltaic (PV) panels generate electricity for the property on which they are situated.
For example, NV Energy uses solar energy to keep the lights on at their Reno headquarters. Not only is the company using solar power, it is adopting incentives to help residential and small business customers make the switch to the renewable resource, as well. A new solar hot water incentive allows between $3,000 and $7,500 to off-set initial costs of the system.
To learn about the new NV Energy solar rebate programs, click here.