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GREENFest 2015 Celebrates Earth Day

15 May

The Green Alliance/Nevada Energy Star Partners celebrated their annual GREENFest 2015 at Downtown Summerlin in Las Vegas this year on Saturday, April 25th from 10 AM to 5 PM.

In addition to a Green Vehicle Zone that featured alternative-fuel cars, trucks, and fleet vehicles, GREENFest 2015 was also kicked off at 9 AM that morning with a Drive Clean Energy Procession that started at Las Vegas Cyclery at 10575 Discovery Drive in Las Vegas and traveled about 2.5 miles on the scenic roads of Summerlin to arrive at the Downtown Summerlin site of the festival.

Rudy Garcia of Verdek, LLC has led the Drive Clean Energy Intitiative and was interviewed by Sherry Swensk, Environmental Reporter for KLAS-TV, Channel 8 News Now about the event:

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MGM Resorts International  showcased a CNG-powered Stretch Cadillac CTS Limousine carrying Paul Thomsen, Director of the Governor's Office of Energy.

MGM Resorts International showcased a CNG-powered Stretch Cadillac CTS Limousine carrying Paul Thomsen, Director of the Governor’s Office of Energy.

The Drive Clean Energy Procession was led by an MGM Resorts International limousine, a stretched Cadillac CTS that was powered by Compressed Natural Gas. Besides Garcia, the limousine also carried Paul Thomsen, Director of the Governor’s Office of Energy.

MGM Resorts International CNG-powered Cadillac CTS Stretch Limousine

MGM Resorts International CNG-powered Cadillac CTS Stretch Limousine

The MGM CNG limousine was followed by seven Tesla Model S electric cars driven by members of the local Tesla Motors Service Center and the Las Vegas Tesla Owners Group.

Tesla Motors Model S electric cars in Drive Clean Energy Procession

Tesla Motors Model S electric cars in Drive Clean Energy Procession

SolarCity also provided four Chevrolet Spark EVs for the procession.

SolarCity Ford Focus EV

SolarCity Ford Focus EV

Two Nissan LEAFs were in the procession, one provided by Berkshire Hathaway Energy’s NV Energy electric utility and one from the fleet of the City of Las Vegas. EV and Renewable Energy Manager Marie Steele drove the EV from NV Energy and also exhibited it at the Green Vehicle Zone within the Greenfest 2015 booth area.

NV Energy fleet Nissan LEAF driven by Marie Steele, EV and Renewable Energy Manager.

NV Energy fleet Nissan LEAF driven by Marie Steele, EV and Renewable Energy Manager.

In addition, a Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid car was represented in the procession and within a Greenfest booth exhibit by Renewable Energy Services.

Renewable Energy Electric Chevy Volt fleet vehicle

Renewable Energy Electric Chevy Volt fleet vehicle

Other CNG-powered vehicles in the procession included a fleet truck from Southwest Gas and a garbage truck/compressor from Republic Services.

Southwest Gas CNG-powered Pickup Truck

Southwest Gas CNG-powered Pickup Truck

Republic Services CNG-powered Garbage Truck

Republic Services CNG-powered Garbage Truck

A Ford Fusion hybrid car driven by event organizer Annette Bubak also carried Environmental Reporter and Meteorologist Sherry Swensk from KLAS-TV, Channel 8.

Greenfest 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid

Within the Green Vehicle Zone, Tesla Motors also exhibited two Model S electric cars.

Tesla Motors Booth in Green Vehicle Zone

Tesla Motors Booth in Green Vehicle Zone

Gaudin Porsche exhibited two Panamera S E-hybrid vehicles.

Gaudin Porsche Booth and Panamera S E-Hybrid

Gaudin Porsche Booth and Panamera S E-Hybrid

Southwest Gas also exhibited a Honda Civic CNG-powered car in the Green Vehicle Zone as part of their fleet.

CNG-powered Honda Civic

CNG-powered Honda Civic

A unique propane-powered lawnmower was also displayed, as well as an electric-powered cherry-picker that was attached to large truck.

Propane-powered lawnmower and passenger

Propane-powered lawnmower and passenger

Lots of solar photovoltaic systems and services were also on display, including the power to run electricity within the GreenFest 2015 booth area provided by Bombard Renewable Energy.

SolarNV, the local chapter of the American Solar Energy Society, teamed with the Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Center to display the components that supplement a solar photovoltaic array after it is installed.

Solar Photovoltaic Electrical Components for transmitting and storing the power of the sun.

Solar Photovoltaic Electrical Components
for transmitting and storing the power of the sun.

These included the inverter systems to convert DC power to AC power for the local grid and household appliances. A battery-back up power system was also displayed.

Solar Power Micro Inverters and Net Metering Displayed

Solar Power Micro Inverters and Net Metering Displayed

Mother Nature must have been happy with the GreenFest 2015 event, as rain clouds shrouded the celebration all day and let loose a flood of water in the Mojave desert, just as the event came to a close.

Blog posted by Stan Hanel, Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator (NEVA) Consultant

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