These projects are being built at no additional costs to the City of Reno, said Nevada Solar Works. The company explained that funding is being provided by a combination of rebates from NV Energy, federal tax incentives, and payments for the energy produced by the array. It added that the arrays will save the city an estimated USD$2.5 million over the next 20 years, while generating more than 60 jobs in design, engineering, materials fabrication and construction.
Nevada has a tremendous opportunity to create a sustainable green collar economy, and these projects are a great example of the potential for solar in Nevada, said Scott Gerz, director of business development at CleanPath Renewables.
Nevada Solar Works said the City of Reno solar project is the first statewide Request For Proposal (RFP) to build renewable energy that takes advantage of AB 186, a Nevada state law passed last October, which allows for third-party ownership of renewable energy generation systems. The new law effectively allows businesses, institutions and governments to purchase solar arrays without upfront capital costs, explained the company. They can save money by paying long-term fixed rates on the energy generated. In concert with the NV Energys RenewableGenerations Program, AB 186 has paved the way for clean renewable energy projects to be realized across Nevada.
The company added that construction on the first of several projects is scheduled to begin this October. City properties that will be utilized for hosting the solar power projects include:
- Reno-Stead Wastewater Treatment Plant
- Corporation Yard at 1640 E. Commercial Rd.
- Neil Rd. Recreation Center
- Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows
- Nell J. Redfield Health Center
Nevada Solar Works LLC. is a partnership between Q&D Construction, CleanPath Renewables and Alternative Energy Solutions.