Thursday, June 09, 2005

Alternative Energy Nevada: Incentives to Install Solar Panels in NV



An energy bill designed to encourage energy efficiency and boost the usage of alternative energy by Nevada's utilities was one of the last bills approved by lawmakers before they adjourned their special session.

The measure directs the Nevada Commission on Economic Development to approve a fifty percent property tax reduction for up to ten years to owners who have buildings that meet energy conservation standards.

Under the bill, alternative energy systems such as PV solar panels and home wind energy turbines are exempt from sales taxes.

Installers of photovoltaic solar panel systems, which convert sunlight into electricity, will need to be licensed.

The measure also allows Nevada Power and Sierra Pacific Power to get energy credits for energy efficiency programs that can be used to meet part of their alternative energy requirements under the state's renewable energy portfolio law.

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Blogger stomv said...

So this represents an interesting tradeoff in progressive values:

Progressives value green-e and energy conservation. But, progressives also value progressive -- not regressive -- taxation.

The reality is that poor people don't have access to the capital necessary to modify their home to be energy effecient. Great windows, miserly appliances, etc. require lots of cash up front, and the poor don't have it. However, the rich do -- so, they save money on property taxes in the short term, and save money on energy bills in the long term. The projects will have a break even point often 5-15 years in the future, which rich people can afford to wait for, but poor people simply can't.


So, its an intersting tradeoff. The rich are getting richer on the backs of the greater society, but the greater society is getting more green-e on the backs of the rich.

7:06 am, June 10, 2005  
Anonymous beev said...

Alternative energy gear is expensive because it is new technology and the market is not so big... yet. You have to offer financial incentives for getting into green-e or people will feel they are wasting their cash.

But even with the incentives, it will will be mostly well-off people that can afford to make a change. However, once more people start investing in the new technology, prices will drop; this is inevitable. Sooner or later, green-e will be available to all. In fact, it will be the only option.

4:29 pm, June 13, 2005  
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5:49 pm, June 27, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YESTERDAY I READ THAT A 100 SQUARE MILE PATCH OF DESERT FILLED WITH THERMOELECTRIC SOLOR PANALS COULD PRODUCE ENOUGH POWER TO RUN THE US
WHAT WAS BEING WAITED FOR WAS A CONTRACT WITH A BIG ELECTRIC COMPANY,,,,WHY HAS THERE BEEN NO COMMENT OF THIS NEW SYSTEM WHICH IS ACTULLAY 100 YEARS OLD

11:32 am, August 28, 2005  
Blogger ROGER said...

YESTERDAY I READ OF THERMOELECTRIC POWERPLANTS. A 100 SQUARE MILE PATCH OF DESERT COULD PRODUCE ENOUGH ELECTRIC POWERE FOR THE ENTIRE US...WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT

11:42 am, August 28, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is far past time for the state
of N.C. to admitt to the
OVER
PRODUCTION OF ELECTRICITY BURNING
UP CITIES AND TOWNS AND NOT LETTING
THE PUBLIC KNOW THAT SOLAR HAS BEEN
CONNECTED TO THE OLD ELECTRIC GRID
ENGINEERS WARNED CONGRESS NOT TO FOR TWO YEARS . THE LOVE OF MONEY
MAKING WAS VOTED IN OVER THE SAFETY
OF PEOPLE . N.C. and other states are in extreme danger because of
not safely making the right choses .

8:07 am, December 06, 2006  

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