Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Celebrate Kickoff of Phase III of the Lower Income Solar Energy Program and the Opening of Alpine Haven, an Affordable Workforce Housing Project


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Kayla Meyer
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SPARKS, NV - June 29, 2018

The Governor’s Office of Energy, NV Energy, and Northern Nevada Community Housing (NNCH) celebrated NNCH’s newest affordable workforce housing project with a veteran preference, Alpine Haven, and the installation of its new solar photovoltaic system with help from the Lower Income Solar Energy Program (LISEP).

LISEP is a joint effort of NV Energy and the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy that offers incentives for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems that serve lower income populations. The program was originally created in 2013 as a pilot program through Assembly Bill 428 and was made permanent with Senate Bill 145 in 2017. Phase 1 of the program provided solar systems for eight lower-income Title I schools and was completed in 2016. The second phase focused on nonprofit organizations that served lower-income families and was completed in 2017. Phase 3 is supporting projects throughout Nevada, providing benefit to Nevadans in most need of assistance. More than 1,000 lower income households throughout the State are benefiting as well as close to 200 youths who will be participating in programs designed to enable them to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.

“LISEP provides solar energy systems where it matters most - to leading community partners, like Alpine Haven, that provide affordable workforce housing, with a focus on veterans,” said Pat Egan, NV Energy Senior Vice President of Customer Operations. “We’re proud to be able to support Alpine Haven and the men and women who live there. Our veterans served us, and we’re honored to be able to serve them with this project.”

“With 51 renewable energy projects serving our customers, NV Energy is on track to double renewables by 2023, and this is just one example of how NV Energy is leading our state’s commitment to a sustainable energy future.”

As of June 15, 2018, eight projects qualified for a total of 690 kW of solar capacity throughout the state in phase 3 of LISEP. To qualify for an incentive, the recipient must be an NV Energy customer whose primary business serves a significant population of lower income customers. Phase 3 combines incentives of 50% of the total PV system installation cost from NV Energy and $200 per kilowatt of installed capacity from the Governor’s Office of Energy.

Of the eight projects selected, Alpine Haven in Sparks, NV was completed in May 2018. Alpine Haven has 23 two-bedroom and 17 one-bedroom apartments available for individuals with children, families with veteran preference and annual income restrictions. This new housing unit constructed is in a very services convenient location for its residents and this project was awarded the maximum number of Qualified Allocation Plan points by the Nevada Housing Division for its Smart Design with Energy Star appliances. The total cost of the solar PV project was $282,775, of which NV Energy provided $141,388 and the Governor’s Office of Energy provided $15,379 in incentives.

“The Governor’s Office of Energy is proud to play a role in this important program that provides clean energy to low-income Nevadans that otherwise would not be able to enjoy the abundant solar resources our State has to offer,” said Angie Dykema, Director of the Governor’s Office of Energy. “We look forward to providing support to keep the LISEP going in the future.”

For more information about further renewable generation and energy efficiency programs from NV Energy, click here. For more information about renewable energy and energy efficiency programs from the Governor’s Office of Energy, click here.

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