demand for renewable energy has been driven by the state’s renewable
portfolio standard (RPS), which requires that Nevada utilities get 20
percent of their power from renewable sources by the year 2015 and
25 percent by 2025.
In addition to solar, qualifying renewable energy resources include
biomass, geothermal energy, wind, certain hydropower, energy recovery
processes, and waste tires (using microwave reduction).
is home to a number of solar projects, geothermal and wind projects that
are currently under construction, or planned. Those projects are
concentrated between energy generation and energy efficiency projects,
and will create clean energy jobs as well as construction jobs for
Nevada. (See E2
Environmental Entrepreneurs list of projects).
Growth of the clean energy sector
requires support in the development of an available skilled workforce
through relevant training and other market driven strategies.
mission of the
GWIB Clean Energy Sector Council
to identify workforce needs and develop initiatives to educate
its workforce in support of the economic development goals of the state.