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Media Advisory: Sandy Miller Academy unveils new GreenPower installation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 3, 2005

Reporters and Editors, Please Note

WHO: Desert Research Institute and Nevada Power Co.

WHAT: Unveil new GreenPower solar electric installation at the Sandy Searles Miller Academy in Las Vegas.

WHERE: Sandy Searles Miller Magnet School Academy for International Studies, 4851 East Lake Mead Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nev. 89115.

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 5 at noon

HOW: Brief ceremony with students, faculty, former First Lady Sandy Miller and her mother Renee Searles, DRI President Dr. Stephen Wells, Nevada Power Co. President Pat Shalmy and DRI Research Foundation Trustee and Chair of DRI's GreenPower Committee Jim Kropid.

VISUALS: The school is celebrating "Solar Day," and students will have various solar demonstrations and projects available. The installation on top of the school consists of a solar array and wind generator.

BACKGROUND: The Sandy Searles Miller Academy installation marks the eighth GreenPower installation in the state--and the first full installation at an elementary school. The installation is in memory of former First Lady Sandy Miller's father, Jim Searles. Sandy Miller is an emeritus board member of DRI's Research Foundation Board.

Students can learn about renewable energy and watch the amount of energy being generated in real-time by the solar array and wind generator through special software connected to the installation called "Fat Spaniel."

The GreenPower program is a partnership between the Desert Research Institute, DRI's Research Foundation, Nevada Power Co. in southern Nev. and Sierra Pacific Power Co. in northern Nev. The program is supported by voluntary customer contributions made by customers of Nevada Power and Sierra Pacific Power companies through their monthly utility bills. All contributions are 100 percent tax deductible.