Alternative Energy

Published on May 2nd, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


SolarCity Comes To Nevada

SolarCitySolarCity, the largest solar power provider in the United States, has just entered the Nevada market. As elsewhere, homeowners can get solar panels installed on their roofs for free from SolarCity, and then just lease the solar panels (er, the electricity from them) from SolarCity for a lower estimated rate than they would pay the utility for electricity.

In Nevada, SolarCity states that homeowners can go solar for as little as $30 a month. SolarCity now has 400 employees in Nevada, but it will be hiring more soon.

“The company will participate in NV Energy’s SolarGenerations Program, which is currently expected to reopen in August,” SolarCity writes. “SolarCity expects to begin installing at the end of October and will accommodate customers on a first-come, first-served basis. The company will initially serve customers of NV Energy in the greater Las Vegas Area, including the cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Spring Valley, Winchester, Paradise, Henderson and Boulder City.”

With Nevada’s tremendous solar resources, the state could become a huge solar power market. SolarCity’s entrance into the market is surely a strong signal that’s where it’s headed.

If you’re a Nevada homeowner, SolarCity may or may not be your best option for going solar. I always encourage people interested in going solar to get quotes from a handful of sources, such as Cost of Solar* and EnergySage (though, I don’t think EnergySage serves that state yet).

*Disclosure: Green Living Ideas has a partnership with Cost of Solar, and the two are owned by the same company.

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to and click on the relevant buttons.

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