Senator Joins Ceremony for Nevada Solar Array

Nevada Senator Harry Reid and other officials joined with vitamin company, YourVitamins, in dedicating Nevada’s largest solar electric system. This 215 kW solar electric system, mounted on the roof of YourVitamins’ new headquarters, was designed and installed by PowerLight Corporation of Northern California.

Henderson, Nevada – March 17, 2004 [] “Greater deployment of affordable, reliable renewable energy is critical for Nevada’s long term economic and energy security, as well as the health of Nevadans and our environment,” said Senator Harry Reid. “The U.S. needs to diversify its energy mix and lessen our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels; it should be one of our nation’s highest priorities. YourVitamins’ new solar installation is a model for businesses throughout the state – and the nation. Now is the time to encourage greater investment in renewable power and innovative technologies.” Covering 23,000 square feet, the solar electric system will generate enough energy during the daytime to power more than 200 homes during the day. “We’re very proud to be deploying the largest solar system in Nevada – it is environmentally, socially and politically responsible.” said YourVitamins, Inc.’s CEO and Founder Andrew Lessman. “This project is a benchmark by which all other businesses in the state will be measured. Integrating solar power into our energy mix will help us reduce pollution and conserve natural resources. Solar power also yields significant environmental benefits to Nevada. In the next 30 years, YourVitamins’ solar system will reduce emissions reductions of carbon dioxide equivalent to not driving nearly 15 million miles. In addition, the system will save more than 14 million gallons of water that is used in central power plant production. “YourVitamins’ investment in solar generation illustrates the company’s responsible approach to energy use,” said PowerLight President Dan Shugar. “Not only is solar an environmentally sound energy source, it’s practical and affordable. It is an especially smart energy choice for Nevada utility customers because it helps reduce price spikes. The energy savings accrued by this solar array will reduce pressure on the grid, especially during peak electrical demand hours – at times when state transmission lines are the most constrained.”
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