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New solar projects save money for Reno school
by Tribune Staff
Aug 25, 2012 | 1164 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — Reno’s High Desert Montessori School has completed two solar energy projects through NV Energy’s Renewable-Generations program that will put a dent in the school’s monthly power bills.

Photovoltaic solar panels mounted on the roof and on shade structures will generate 79 kilowatts of electricity and are expected to produce about 142,000 kilowatt hours of power annually. Solar hot water collectors mounted on the roof will reduce the school’s natural gas consumption by about 470 therms annually. The equipment, including 390 photovoltaic solar panels and four solar hot water collectors, was installed by the Clean Energy Center of Reno.

The High Desert Montessori School is the first in Nevada to install solar hot water heating through NV Energy’s RenewableGenerations rebate program.

The installations are expected to reduce the school’s annual power bill by about $17,000. In addition, the Montessori School is getting a $369,650 rebate from NV Energy to offset costs for the photovoltaic solar panels and an $8,949 rebate for the solar hot water installation.

The school is celebrating the new sustainable energy projects with a barbecue and bluegrass music from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the school, which is located at 2590 Orvada St. in Reno.

Joe Craven, entertainer-educator musician, and the Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association will provide entertainment at the solar potluck event, called “Ten Orbits Around the Sun: Celebrating Under the August Moon,” which also celebrates the 10th anniversary of High Desert Montessori School’s founding as a public charter school. Tickets and commemorative t-shirts are available through the school by calling 624-2800. Guests may bring picnic food and low-back lawn chairs.

John Hargrove, NV Energy’s manager of energy efficiency and conservation, said 177 schools statewide have installed photovoltaic panels capable of generating 13 megawatts of electricity, and they have received rebates from the RenewableGenerations program totaling nearly $64 million. Residential customers, small businesses and government agencies served by NV Energy are also eligible to participate in the program. See NV Energy’s website for more details at
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