From the LVRJ: Nevada National Guard officials told Gov. Brian Sandoval on Tuesday that they cannot get out of a contract that requires them to pay about twice as much for solar energy than it would cost if they bought power from NV Energy.
"Is there an option to turn it off?" Sandoval asked about the energy the Guard receives from solar panels on its carports in Carson City and Las Vegas.
That option doesn't exist, responded Jennifer McEntee, administrative services officer for the National Guard. She said that under a 20-year contract executed in 2009, the Guard pays a flat 15 cents per kilowatt hour to Sierra Solar. The company put solar panels over carports at the guard's headquarters in Carson City and at the Las Vegas Readiness Center and the Edsall Training Center in Clark County.
Solar energy is not efficient nor is it practical. Obviously it cost more and you don't save money from solar energy.
Further, these solar energy farms we have in Nevada could never be repeated in urban areas of the country. Nellis AFB, on the Northeast side of the valley gets most of it's energy from a solar farm that measures about 1 mile by about 1/2 mile or more. You cannot do that in New York City, Boston Chicago or Los Angles.
So, Nevada taxpayers are stuck paying double what they should be all because of some do-gooder governor, Jim Gibbons, who thought they are saving the earth or some stupid reason like that.