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Solar Array Saves Power at Nevada State College

Solar Array Saves Power at Nevada State College


Nevada State College wants to cut what it spends on power by making its own.

The college recently installed a 205-kilowatt solar array on its property in Henderson and expects the array will be fully operational mid-February.

NSC officials estimate the solar array will provide 30 percent of the power needed for the Liberal Arts and Sciences building in its first year, saving nearly $28,000 in energy costs.

Funding for the construction and materials was provided through an NV Energy rebate program, Renewable Generations, which provided more than $780,000.

Give Your Holiday Tree Another Round Through Recycling

Give Your Holiday Tree Another Round Through Recycling


You might only have put up your tree last weekend, but Henderson officials want you to know what you can do with it once the holidays are over.

The city of Henderson wants people to consider recycling trees through its free holiday tree recycling program.

Holiday trees can be dropped off during regular park hours Dec. 26, 2012, through Jan. 17, 2013, at seven locations:

  • Acacia Park, 50 Casa Del Fuego St.
  • Anthem Hills Park, 2256 N. Reunion Dr.
  • Arroyo Grande Sports Complex, 298 Arroyo Grande Blvd.
  • Mission Hills Park, 551 E. Mission Dr.
  • Morrell Park, 500 Harris St.
  • Pecos Legacy Park, 150 Pecos Rd.
  • Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Dr.

All non-organic material must first be removed from trees, including lights, ornaments, wires, tinsel, and nails. These items cannot be recycled and could damage chipping equipment. Note that flocked trees cannot be recycled.

Decades of Labor have gone into Controlling Valley's Water

Decades of Labor have gone into Controlling Valley's Water


Years of work and piles of rubble from Las Vegas Strip hotels have gone into making the Las Vegas Wash flow the way engineers want.

Southern Nevada Water Authority engineering project manager Gerry Hester began looking at the challenges presented by the lower end of the Las Vegas Wash in 1975. No permanent structures were created until 1998, but it's fair to say that managing the wash has kept him busy for 37 years.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Henderson Recycling Program to go Citywide by Fall 2013

Support from residents pushes ahead the new plan for recycling in Henderson.

A new program offering weekly recycling and garbage pickups will go into effect in Henderson in the fall of 2013, Mayor Andy Hafen said after the City Council voted Tuesday to institute a citywide recycling plan.

Read more in the Las Vegas Sun.

Solar Garden Will Supply All Energy for Ethel M

Solar Garden Will Supply All Energy for Ethel M

One of the biggest names in candy unwrapped a new green way to power its factory.

Mars Chocolate North America showed off the new solar garden for the Ethel M Chocolate Factory in Henderson Thursday. The garden is acres of solar panels that generate enough energy to power the factory in peak hours. The solar garden features more than 2,000 ground-mounted solar panels on 4.4 acres of land behind the Ethel M Chocolate Factory. The change to green energy offsets 825 tons of greenhouse gas every year, which is like taking 113 cars off the road.

“Turning one of the desert’s greatest assets into energy is in complete alignment with Mars’ Principles in Action, our core business values,” said Mack Phillips, site director of the Henderson plant.  “Two years ago we unveiled a similar solar project at our North American headquarters in Hackettstown, NJ, and its impact on our operations has been substantial.”

Home Depot Offers Workshop on Energy-Efficient Lighting

Home Depot Offers Workshop on Energy-Efficient Lighting


Over the next several years, the country will be phasing out incandescent light bulbs. They’re being replaced with more energy-efficient bulbs.

A lot of people still have questions about the transition. Home Depot is hoping to answer those questions. Every Saturday in January, the home improvement store will be offering how-to classes on light bulbs.

The workshops start at 10 a.m., at all Home Depot Stores. Experts will show people how to choose the right kind of energy-efficient bulb and answer questions about specialty lighting. 

Pig Farm Asks for Old Jack O'Lanterns

Pig Farm Asks for Old Jack O'Lanterns

A local farm is asking people not to throw out their old jack o' lanterns but instead recycle them into pig feed.

R.C. Farms is taking in pumpkins to feed to its hogs and cattle. This is the 19th year the farm has taken in jack o’ lanterns. The pumpkins can be dropped at the farm at 555 E. El Campo Grande Avenue, near the corner of Ann Road and North 5th Street.

There will be other drop off points around the valley:

  • 1383 American Pacific Drive, Henderson
  • 0405 S. Eastern Avenue, Henderson
  • 9892 W. Flamingo Road
  • 7335 S. Rainbow Boulevard
  • 6400 SE Centennial Center Dr.

People should look for the large light blue containers with the R.C. Farms logo. Last year, the farm collected 15 tons of pumpkins. Pumpkins will be collected through November 5.