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Solar power, plug-in cars mesh well

Ed Bozarth Chevrolet in northwest Las Vegas uses a photovoltaic solar canopy with six charging stations that can recharge the dealership’s inventory of Chevrolet Volts and provide free electrons to visiting customers.

Synergy is defined as the interaction of elements that, when combined, produce a greater effect than the sum of the individual elements.

Real examples of synergy were revealed by the National Electrical Contractors Association during its annual convention and expo at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas last week. Electrical contracting companies from around the country gathered to share the latest developments about all things electric and also explore new potential markets for their companies and workers.

At this year’s convention, the Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee of Southern Nevada showcased some of the educational programs it has been promoting to local electricians. These have included instruction on renewable solar and wind turbine electrical generation technologies and electric vehicle supply equipment technologies for plug-in electric cars. Findlay Chevrolet provided a Chevrolet Volt as the booth display’s centerpiece.

During an electrician apprenticeship training program, classroom education is coupled with paid on-the-job training supervised by an experienced journeyman electrician. This ensures the capability of the installer while the apprentice gains practical experience solving real-world problems.

Here in Southern Nevada, where the sun shines 300 days a year, there is a synergy that benefits people who install photovoltaic solar panels on the roofs of their homes and buy plug-in electric cars. Unlike other homeowners, they can create a portion of the energy that powers the appliances in their homes and provides fuel for a plug-in electric car.

This combination of photovoltaic solar cell arrays and electric vehicle supply equipment is already in use and available free to the general public within three Las Vegas government facilities: the Clark County Government Center parking lot, Las Vegas City Hall’s parking garage and the Stupak Community Center. For Chevy Volt owners, Ed Bozarth Chevrolet in northwest Las Vegas uses a photovoltaic solar canopy with six charging stations that can recharge the dealership’s inventory of Chevrolet Volts and provide free electrons to visiting customers.
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