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Nevada is fulfilling its potential to become a center for renewable energy production in the West. But that progress is in jeopardy unless Congress acts to maintain incentives for renewable energy development. As we observe Earth Day in April, Congress needs to act now to preserve the jobs created and the environmental progress we have made over the past decade.
Nevada leads the nation in jobs created per capita in the solar industry and are second in the nation in energy produced from geothermal. There were 3,500 jobs created in Nevada’s solar industry in 2014, a 146 percent increase in a year. More jobs were created in Nevada than in any other state except California. With 106 solar companies employing 5,900 people in our state, the independent nonprofit Solar Foundation now ranks Nevada seventh in the nation in total jobs in the solar industry. Nevada has long been a leader in geothermal development, and we now have 20 geothermal plants capable of generating more than 425 megawatts of clean power, second only to California.
Meet Coda Group, Inc, a boutique architectural and consulting firm based in Southern Nevada, founded and operated by Kevin and Jennifer Turchin. Along with other design, improvement and planning specialties, Coda consults on sustainable certifications (such as ENERGY STAR, Green Globes and LEED) for both new and existing buildings.
Coda's expertise in sustainable building runs deep. Among other projects, Jennifer Turchin (while Senior Consultant at Sellen Sustainability) served as the LEED consultant on the last two buildings in Nevada to achieve LEED Platinum certification. The Corn Creek Visitor Center at the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, and the Las Vegas Cyclery are two of only seven publicly announced projects in Nevada to achieve the Platinum rating, the highest of LEED’s certification levels.
Not Just Big- It's the Biggest Clean Energy Market
According to the newly released Advanced Energy Now: 2015 Market Report, the advanced energy economy in the U.S. grew 14% last year - five times faster than the overall economy. At just under $200 billion, the American advanced energy market made up 15% of the global market. The largest segment of the American advanced energy market? Saving energy. Revenue from building efficiency products and services grew an incredible 43% over the last 4 years.
Read more to check out our slide show on the energy efficiency marketplace by the numbers!