December 1999 - The Nevada Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved a request by Nevada Power Company to turn over operation of its GreenPower program to a non-profit arm of the Desert Research Institute. The utility is giving up the program because it agreed to sell its power plants in its recent merger with Sierra Pacific Resources.
Since the program's inception in April 1998, Nevada Power has collected $30,000 in contributions from 720 customer participants and installed one, 16-kW photovoltaic (PV) project after initially committing to build two, 20-kW projects. Under the agreement, the utility will not be required to install the remaining 24 kW of capacity.
Nevada Power will continue to support the program by collecting funds, which will now be tax-deductible, and promoting the option through bill inserts and other customer communication mechanisms. Current program participants have the option of transferring their contributions to DRI or receiving a refund for past payments. The PV project will be transferred to DRI and used to offset the Institute's own electricity use. DRI plans to use future program funds for new PV installations at educational and not-for-profit properties.
News Article - PUC approves turnover of 'green power' programs to DRI
News Article - Energy Project in Limbo
March 1998 - The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada approved Nevada Power Company's green power option, enabling the utility's customers to round up their monthly bills or make specific contributions to the development of solar resources. Nevada Power has committed to build two 20-kW solar power plants with the funds it receives through the program.
News Release - State OKs Plan to Fund Green Power - No longer online at reviewjournal.com
October 1997 - Nevada Power Company (NPC) asked the Nevada PUC for approval of a program that would allow residential and commercial customers the choice to round up their monthly bill or designate a flat monthly contribution for development of PV systems.
Nevada Power Company contacts: Jim Henley (702) 367-5681, William Jackson (702) 367-5241, or Lauren Watson (702) 367-5610