Renewable Energy Center

Solar Energy

Dear Colleagues:

Nevada has the ingredients — sun, wind, geothermal, biomass — to become one of the nation’s leaders in renewable energy. The University of Nevada, Reno is taking a leadership role with a number of renewable energy initiatives that promise to transform the economy of the state of Nevada and contribute to the revitalization of the national economy. This will happen through the creation of new companies, new jobs and an entirely new emphasis on renewable energy, plus a much-needed investment in the rebuilding of the nation’s infrastructure.

The Renewable Energy Center will focus on synchronizing programs for competitive research in renewable energy. This center is an interdisciplinary effort that spans multiple disciplines and colleges at the University and promises to create even more educational synergy through the coordinated efforts of faculty. Activities are organized around seven working groups in key areas including biomass, geothermal, hydrogen, solar energy, power grid, curriculum and outreach.

The University is a leader in renewable energy education in Nevada; the University made impressive inroads in renewable energy curriculum with the addition of a Renewable Energy Minor in 2007. We conduct research on hydrogen fuels, biodiesel, plants to biofuels, geothermal and the many subcategories and components of these types of renewable power. We will continue to work to bring together education and industry to develop these systems here in Nevada, boosting the economy with jobs as well as sales of products and services.

Nevada needs to diversify its economic base; as a state, we have the potential to be a leader in renewable energy. The work we are doing to create a critical mass of knowledge in energy and infrastructure could give the state a strategic edge in the competition for jobs and businesses. There is a significant increase in the demand for expertise, and this in turn can create more jobs — “green collar” jobs which can bring money back into our state.

Through the Renewable Energy Center, we will work to make Nevada a national powerhouse in renewable energy. The timing has never been better to become the nation’s leader in finding alternative ways to fuel our cars, heat our homes and power our computers.

Ghassan Jabbour
Director, Renewable Energy Center
University of Nevada, Reno