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Thank you to everyone who attended our Clean Energy 2015 event on February 25th. A packed house –over 160 clean energy supporters - turned out to say goodbye to our departing staff and hello to the new CEP. We sent our departing staff members off in style! Lydia Ball, our former executive director, and Mike Litt, Field Director were both acknowledged by representatives of U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and U.S. Representative Dina Titus.
As we turned to look at the future, I spoke about my vision for CEP, and about what 2015 looks like for the organization.
Solar industry jobs in Nevada grew by an incredible 146% in 2014, according to a new report from the Solar Foundation. Nevada now ranks 1st in the country in solar jobs per capita, and ranks seventh in total number of solar jobs in each state.
The announcement was greeted with pride across the state. “Nevada is emerging as a leader in new technology and innovation and this announcement demonstrates the possibilities within our state if we continue to recruit the growing industries of the 21st century,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “I would like to thank all Nevadans who have embraced the solar industry and thank the many solar companies who saw the opportunity in the Silver State and joined the Nevada family.”
The 78th Session of the Nevada Legislature begins on February 2, 2015. If you support clean energy in Nevada, it’s important to stay informed and be involved. Much of Nevada’s strong growth as a clean energy hub can be credited to a history of smart state clean energy policies, and strong bi-partisan support for developing our native clean energy resources.
It’s too early to know what the 2015 Legislative Session will bring for clean energy in Nevada. We do know that policy can make the difference in creating, and maintaining, Nevada’s growth as a vibrant, growing, clean energy hub. We’ll be watching closely, and we hope you will too. Read on for more information n how to stay informed and be involved!