Session Was Good News for Green Energy Business

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - With help from the 2009 Legislature,
Nevada has become one of the most attractive states in the
sun-drenched West for large solar plant development and other
alternative energy projects.

Jim Baak, director of utility-scale solar for the nonprofit
advocacy group Vote Solar, says Nevada was far more proactive than
other sunny-state legislatures this year.

If some other objectives are met, observors say large-scale
solar is likely to become the focus of renewable energy development
in Nevada for at least the short term.

Legislators had less to show in the way of incentives for
homeowners and others to install rooftop solar devices and for the
manufacturers of renewable energy equipment to build plants in
Nevada.

Rose McKinney-James, a longtime solar energy advocate, had hoped
to enhance the incentives to install rooftop photovoltaic panels.
She gives the session a just-decent rating, but large-scale solar
developers are much more enthusiastic.

The developers had started the session worried about a new tax
on renewable energy. But no new tax was imposed.


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