By Gary Thomas
The 5th annual National Clean Energy Summit will be conducted on August 7, 2012 in Nevada.
Nevada has seen a boom in clean energy with solar, wind and geothermal projects since the first National Clean Energy Summit in 2008. Nevada now produces more than 1,150 megawatts of clean energy, almost 4-and-a-half times the amount of clean megawatts it was just four years ago. (PRNewsFoto/Clean Energy Project)
Since 2008 when the first National Clean Energy Summit was conducted, the Silver State has witnessed a tremendous growth in clean energy, with a 4.5-fold increase in clean power production over the years.
With wind, solar and geothermal projects coming up all over the state, Nevada is now generating 1,150 MW of clean energy, which is equivalent to powering several thousands of residences. Moreover, the state’s tax base is growing with these clean energy projects. The Silver State has generated tax revenue of over $248 million from these clean energy projects.
Although several initiatives have been carried out for the realization of the clean energy potential of the Silver State and the West, much more efforts need to be taken in the coming years to ensure the future growth of clean energy. At the National Clean Energy Summit 5.0: The Power of Choice, participants will discuss how to increase investments in clean energy policies and resources in order to expand renewable energy production.
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Center for American Progress, the Clean Energy Project, MGM Resorts International, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will host this annual conference. Participants, including Jon Wellinghoff, Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and Elon Musk, Chief Executive Officer of Tesla, will discuss the benefits of smart clean energy options made by businesses, governments, and individuals in saving consumers’ money, growing the economy, and improving the quality of life.