LAS VEGAS -- Experts say more Nevadans are adopting the use of solar power into their lifestyles to save both money and the environment.
According to NV Energy, in August of last year, the utility company said it received about 900 applications for the Solar-Generations rebate program, which offsets solar panel installation costs. Through March of 2015, NV Energy said that number has jumped to 1,100.
However, for a lot of customers, getting the solar panels isn't just about going green. Residents say they're trying to make a big investment now so that it can be a safety net in case they can't save down the road.
Ralph Preta, for instance, says he knows that being retired is synonymous with living on a budget. However, he admits to splurging once in a while.
His biggest splurge this year: the solar panels he had installed onto the roof of his Henderson home.