Nevada Tribe Gets New Solar Energy System

WADSWORTH, Nev. (AP) - Students at a school on the Pyramid Lake
Paiute Reservation will get a firsthand lesson about the benefits of solar power.

A dedication ceremony was held Friday for a new solar energy system at Natchez Elementary School in Wadsworth, about 30 miles east of Reno.

The project was built through donated labor from Black Rock Solar, a non-profit supported by the annual Burning Man counterculture festival on the northern Nevada desert.

It also was made possible through expertise and financing from MMA Renewable Ventures and rebates from Sierra Pacific Power Co. as
part of the state's SolarGenerations program.

The 60-kilowatt system is expected to generate 108,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually and result in savings of about $360,000 over the next 25 years.

"If we are going to seriously address climate change, we need to make renewable energy available to all," said Tom Price, executive director of Black Rock Solar.

It marks the third such project for Price's group, which is focused on speeding the use of renewable energy by delivering low- or no-cost solar power.

In December, Black Rock Solar completed three 30-kilowatt arrays for schools in Gerlach, near where the Burning Man festival is held. In October, it built a 30-kilowatt array for Pershing County General Hospital in Lovelock.

The projects are expected to save more than $1 million in energy costs over their projected 25-year life spans.

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