CARSON CITY, NV - February 04, 2015
Energy improvements at three Nevada State Park
locations will enhance visitor experience thanks to the Nevada Governor's
Office of Energy (GOE).
Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources received $32,600 from GOE’s
State Energy Program (SEP) Formula Grant. This annual source of federal funds from
the U.S. Department of Energy is used to improve the reliability of energy
supplies available to Nevadans, consistent with the need to protect the State’s
energy improvements at Nevada State Parks fits perfectly with GOE's mission to
promote reliable and sustainable clean energy systems,” said Paul Thomsen, GOE
Director. “Working with the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural
Resources, we selected three rural sites that were important to Nevada’s rich culture and unique history.”
State Park, a 1,540-acre park located in northwestern
Nye County, was awarded $22,000 to install a six kilowatt (kW) solar lighting
system in the Fossil House. This provides better illumination of the park’s
star attraction, the largest Ichthyosaur fossil ever found.
School House State Historic
a one-room schoolhouse in Lincoln County that housed students from 1922 through
1967, received $3,600 to install batteries capable of storing energy from the
school’s four kW solar system. This energy will be used at night for lighting
and security of the school house.
Dam State Park, a 2,400-acre mountain park on the Nevada-Utah
was allotted $7,000 to install batteries capable of storing energy generated
by an eight kW solar system. This will ensure a more reliable energy source for
campgrounds and other facilities.
State Parks is pleased to partner with the Governor’s Office of Energy for
solar improvements that have a direct benefit to park visitors,” said Leo
Drozdoff, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Director.
“Increasing the level of visitor services at off-the-grid locations certainly
helps to guarantee a great recreation experience in remote areas of Nevada.”
energy improvements at Elgin School House were completed in October 2014. The Berlin-Ichthyosaur light installation was
completed in February 2015, and Beaver Dam State Park’s improvements will occur
in Spring 2015.
The decision to support energy improvements at
Nevada’s state parks highlights GOE’s ability to cooperate with local and state
agency partners, promote reliable and sustainable clean energy systems in
Nevada, and maintain the affordability of energy supplies available to Nevada’s
residents consistent with the need to protect the state’s environment.
learn more about GOE’s funding of Nevada State Parks, please visit the SEP Formula
About the Governor's Office of Energy
The Governor’s Office of Energy oversees energy programs required through statute and those that help to meet the mission of the office, which is to ensure the wise development of Nevada’s energy resources in harmony with local community economic needs and Nevada natural resources. For more information about GOE, please visit energy.nv.gov.
About the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources conserves, protects,
manages, and enhances the state’s natural resources in order to provide the
highest quality of life for Nevada’s citizens and visitors. For more
information, please visit www.dcnr.nv.gov. To
learn more about Nevada State Parks,
please visit: www.parks.nv.gov.