Solar Panels in Nevada
–L. Brazfield Photo
Doing the Books on Solar Power in Nevada
NEXUS economists analyze the financial benefits, costs and risks associated with solar energy production
By Jane Palmer
A Changing Landscape
Working to Reduce Risk
Left: Satellite Image of Cloud Shadow – Image from “Physically-Based Satellite Methods” by Steven Miller et al., Chapter 3 in “Solar energy forecasting and resource assessment”, book edited by Jan Kleissl)
Right: Shadows cast by clouds over the desert.–Open source
Spreading the Sunshine
Maximizing the Benefits of the Solar Nexus Project
The Solar Nexus research into solar energy, water and the environment has, and will continue to have, positive economic impacts in Nevada. Research on solar energy efficiency will lead to less expensive and more competitive solar electricity. Economic evaluation of solar projects, and using water and energy as metrics allows Nevada to better allocate its scarce water resources. The project’s commitment to external engagement with stakeholders will enable NEXUS scientists to collaborate locally and nationally while developing relationships with industry and funding agencies. The NEXUS economic team, in ongoing assessments, works to balance all the different goals of the project, with the ultimate mission of supporting economic development in Nevada.
NEXUS Notes is a monthly publication of the Solar Nexus Project, which is a five-year research project funded by the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research “EPSCoR” (Cooperative Agreement #IIA-1301726) focusing on the nexus of (or linkage between) solar energy generation and Nevada’s limited water resources and fragile environment.
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
If you would like to know more about the NEXUS project,
please contact, Dr. Gayle Dana