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Guest Blog: I Own A Local Business and I Support Clean Energy.

I've been a supporter of the Clean Energy Project since I attended their educational event in February of this year. Just this past Monday I spoke at the Public Utility Commission of Nevada Consumer Session to tell the commissioners that the future of our economy is green energy.  

I shared with the commissioners that I as a business owner have taken the initiative to invest in reducing the amount of energy my business uses with the intention to eventually be 100% off fossil fuels. Our process started with recycling, then we moved toward structural improvements. We insulated the walls and large garage doors and now only use 2 heaters instead of 4. We use less energy than we used to, not to mention how much more comfortable our building is year round!

Gymcats is taking its next big step in this process and getting solar panels to power 25% of our needs. I would eventually like to run a business that makes as much energy as it consumes! We are a successful business and have worked hard to get to a place where we can make these investments, but we couldn’t have made this commitment without state incentives like the NV Energy rebate and getting a 30% tax credit. 

We teach 1500 students here at Gymcats every week and we want to lead by example with our efforts to move toward a clean energy, fossil fuel free economy.  We recycle, we installed insulation and a new reflective roof, we are getting solar panels and 2 car-charging stations. My husband and I both have electric vehicles to continue reducing our GHG footprint.

Oil and Gas is the past and we must make this transition now or we will suffer later. I know people say government shouldn’t pick winners and losers, but I think incentivizing citizens to do what’s right for society, our country and our planet is exactly what the government’s job is. This can be applied to waste reduction, water conservation, weaning off oil, switching to energy saving devices and investing in clean energy technologies like solar. I am excited for southern NV to get off coal and increase our solar energy usage to be a leader for our clean energy future!

- Cassie Rice, Gymcats

Cassie is the owner of Gymcats located in Henderson and is a top Gymnastics coach in the region. She is on Clean Energy Project's Business Advisory Committee and continues to lead by example for what businesses can do to transition to clean energy. 

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