Monday, April 26, 2010

Renewable Power Rebates

Although the NV Energy rebate window for photovoltaics (PV) has closed*, Southern Nevada residents can still pursue green energy generation through wind power.  Local codes are still evolving to encourage residential and large-scale wind power installations.  Use the In My Backyard (IMBY) tool to estimate how much power your property can produce with PV or wind turbines.  Then contact a licensed contractor for more information.   Be aware that there are local ordinances governing the installation of wind turbines.  For example, in the City of Las Vegas, “small wind energy systems” are only allowed in certain residential districts zoned R-A, R-E and R-D and up to 100kW.  Check out Wind Power Nevada for some more background on current state and local laws.

WindGenerations and HydroGenerations are still accepting applications.  NV Energy is also now accepting more options for wind generators.  See their website for a listing of accepted certifications.
Learn more about electricity from wind for residential here.

*NV Energy’s SolarGenerations rebate program opened April 21, 2010 and exceeded capacity within six hours, and officially closed April 26.  They are currently reviewing applications to confirm eligibility.  Applications were accepted through Step 3 2012/2013. Check here for updates.

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