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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Unveiled at Convention Center

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Unveiled at Convention Center

The first electric vehicle charging stations were unveiled this week at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The four charging stations were made possible through a $50,000 grant by the Consumer Electronics Association, which is the owner and producer of the Consumer Electronics Show. The show returns to the convention center Jan. 7 through Jan. 10.

The stations are in the convention center's gold parking lot next to the Visitor Information Center, and they are complimentary. The center will add more charging stations as demand increases.


County Planning Two Meetings on Sloan Channel Pipeline

County Planning Two Meetings on Sloan Channel Pipeline

Clark County is outlining to the public its plan to hopefully eliminate an insect and smell problem created by wastewater in the Sloan Channel.

The problems began in 2011 when the City of North Las Vegas opened its water reclamation plant and started releasing the treated wastewater into the Sloan Channel. However, the county said the city did not get permission from county officials to start the dumping.

That started a legal fight between the city and the county, which ended with an agreement to build a pipeline to carry the water to the Las Vegas Wash.

County Commissioner Tom Collins will host a public meeting about the pipeline from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Cora Coleman Senior Center, 2100 Bonnie Lane.

County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani will host a public meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 14 at the Hollywood Community Center, 1650 South Hollywood Boulevard.

A presentation about the project will start at 4:30 p.m. at both meetings.

New Solar Facility to Generate Major Power for City

New Solar Facility to Generate Major Power for City

As much as 20 percent of a local pollution control facility’s power needs will be met by a new solar power project.

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, City Manager Betsy Fretwell and others will flip a switch to signify that the 15,000 ground-mounted solar panels on Vegas Valley Drive in the east valley are now generating power from the sun.

The panels are expected to generate approximately 6 million kilowatt-hours of energy annually, which will power up to 20 percent of the electrical needs of the nearby Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF). This is equal to the amount of energy needed to power 300 homes annually.

Officials said energy savings at the WPCF, the city’s primary location to treat approximately 45 million gallons of wastewater per day, are important because it accounts for about a third of the city’s total power bill. The rest is divided between streetlights/signals and city buildings.

County Commissioners to Look at Trash, Recycling Changes

County Commissioners to Look at Trash, Recycling Changes


The Clark County Commission may finally make a decision on changing trash pickup and recycling.

The commission will look at changing the agreement with Republic Services to allow for pickup to one day a week and increase recycling pickup to one day a week.

The system has been in place in several neighborhoods for years as a pilot program to see which system increases recycling.

The plan also includes changing from recycling bins that require homeowners to sort their own trash to single-stream recycling, which is one bin where all recyclables are placed for pick up.

According to Republic Services, the once-weekly trash, and once-weekly recycling pilot program has boosted recycling. 

Art Contest Winners Announced

Art Contest Winners Announced


The winners of the annual Earth Day art contest held by the Regional Transportation Commission were announced Friday.

There were two grand prizes awarded. The first went to Yazaret Arredondo and Rebecca Gort of Roy Martin Middle School. The second grand prize went to Crisann Bautista of West Prep School.

A community online vote determined the winners from nearly 100 submissions from nine schools around southern Nevada. The winning artworks will now be featured on the sides of 40-foot RTC transit vehicles for the next year. The theme of the contest was the RTC’s initiative of quicker, cleaner and greener.

“The inspired artwork of these talented students celebrates Earth Day and highlight the various options we have to promote sustainable transportation,”  Tina Quigley, RTC general manager, said.

The runners-up will have their artwork displayed on posters inside some RTC vehicles.  Runners-up included:

Solar Garden Will Supply All Energy for Ethel M

Solar Garden Will Supply All Energy for Ethel M

One of the biggest names in candy unwrapped a new green way to power its factory.

Mars Chocolate North America showed off the new solar garden for the Ethel M Chocolate Factory in Henderson Thursday. The garden is acres of solar panels that generate enough energy to power the factory in peak hours. The solar garden features more than 2,000 ground-mounted solar panels on 4.4 acres of land behind the Ethel M Chocolate Factory. The change to green energy offsets 825 tons of greenhouse gas every year, which is like taking 113 cars off the road.

“Turning one of the desert’s greatest assets into energy is in complete alignment with Mars’ Principles in Action, our core business values,” said Mack Phillips, site director of the Henderson plant.  “Two years ago we unveiled a similar solar project at our North American headquarters in Hackettstown, NJ, and its impact on our operations has been substantial.”