The Human Race – Can We Win It?

The race continues...

It is interesting how some words have more than one meaning. Race is one of them. It can be a form of competition where the fastest one wins, but it can also be a group of people, such as the human race. The irony of this juxtaposition is that the human race is in a race, against ourselves. Even though we are the only competitor, there is no guarantee we will win. In fact, one could say that in ... Read More

Las Vegas’ Green Decade Marked by Decathlon Success

Desert Sol interior

Here’s a riddle for you: What is beautiful, totally green, and red all over? The answer: DesertSol of course! DesertSol is the name of the green home designed and built by the amazingly-talented UNLV students collectively known as Team Las Vegas. They recently completed the Department of Energy’s prestigious Solar Decathlon competition held in Irvine, California.  Students from colleges and ... Read More

The Devil is in the Details – Support Clean Energy!

Keep This Planet Green

Guest post by Lydia Ball, Clean Energy Project The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) is holding a Consumer Session on October 16th. The purpose of the Session is to take comments from ratepayers about the merger between NV Energy and MidAmerican. If you care about clean energy in Nevada, this is important, and I want you to attend. Nevada took some giant strides towards a local ... Read More

Using Solar Around the House

Solar water heating at our home.

Solar energy is wonderful and I like to use it around the house a lot. It provides the electricity for our home, including enough energy to charge an electric car. It provides illumination, most of our hot water and we even use it occasionally to cook delicious meals. Even though it all comes from the sun, each form of use is unique. SolaTubes for Light In our case, perhaps the simplest and most ... Read More

The Importance of Leadership

The Earth is heating rapidly.

Good leadership is important. It can make or break a community, a nation, even our world. As citizens we depend on leaders to establish policies and standards that make our community safe. They must balance the immediate needs of many while keeping an eye on long-term trends that will shape our future. It’s not an easy task and there are more opposing opinions (some with very loud voices) that you ... Read More

A Sense of Urgency: It’s Too Late to do Nothing for Earth

The first atomic explosion, 1945

I try to keep the tone mostly warm and friendly here but what drives me to write is very serious. We are facing… no, strike that. We are creating a planetary emergency. Let me state a few facts and then tie them all together. The Earth has an energy imbalance due to added greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. Just like adding a blanket on cold night, the gasses trap heat so less of the sun’s ... Read More

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Map for Nevada

Solar panels provide shaded parking and EV charging at the Clark County Government Center.

Electric vehicles are hitting the road in ever-increasing numbers. Most are conveniently charged at home but when you're on the road and need a little juice, it's nice to know there is a growing network of public charging stations available around the valley. Here at GreenDream, we've been tooling around town on sunshine for over a year with a 100% electric Nissan Leaf that is charged with the ... Read More

Liking Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas street scene.

I’ve lived in Southern Nevada for about 35 years and, I must admit, I’m really starting to like it. I suppose it takes time for anyone to settle in, but in this case, it is the transformation of the community that is making the difference for me. Ever since Bugsy Siegel’s heyday, there has been a lot happening here, but I often felt there was something lacking. Whatever that gap was for me, it is ... Read More

Save Money – Go Solar

Solar-powered home in Henderson, NV.

One of the most satisfying things we can do is gain energy independence. Start with efficiency. Get a professional energy audit and follow the recommendations, however mundane they may be. Then it’s time for the fun part, installing solar panels. We all want to save money and get a good deal, especially on big-ticket items. Timing is everything and it is no different when buying a renewable ... Read More

Southern Nevada Solar Home Tour

Southern Nevada Solar Home Tour 2012

October is my favorite month in Southern Nevada. The summer heat is waning and the cooler nights are delightful. It also happens to be National Energy Awareness Month. It sounds like the perfect time to visit and learn about solar homes, don’t you think? The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) agrees, and their annual National Solar Tour happens this weekend on Saturday, October 6th. Tours will ... Read More