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Media Advisory: Unveil new GreenPower solar electric installation at French Ford Middle School in Winnemucca, Nev.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 6, 2004

Reporters and Editors, Please Note:

WHO: Desert Research Institute and Sierra Pacific Power Company

WHAT: Unveil new GreenPower solar electric installation at French Ford Middle School in Winnemucca, Nev.

WHERE: 5495 Palisade Drive, Winnemucca, 89445

Directions: From Reno traveling east to Winnemucca on I-80 take Exit #178. At the stop sign for the off-ramp turn right. Then take the very first left on East Winnmucca Blvd. and pass under the railroad underpass traveling to Highland Dr (that is .8 of a mile). Turn right on Highland just before Billingsley Motors. Travel on Highland, passing the Lowry High School turnoff at Kluncy Canyon Road and continue two more blocks. Palisade Drive is on the left. Turn left and travel several blocks, and French Ford will be on the left-hand side.

WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 7 10:30 a.m.

HOW: Brief ceremony with students, faculty, Assemblyman Pete Goicoechea, DRI Research Foundation Trustee and Chair of the GreenPower Committee Jim Kropid and representatives from Sierra Pacific Power Company

VISUALS: Solar array, wind generator, student display of solar powered model houses and wind power projects, "poster parade," GreenPower slogan and poster contest winners announced, $100 savings bond from U.S. Bank presented to naming contest winner, GreenPower mural painting in honor of the unveiling

BACKGROUND: The French Ford Middle School installation marks the sixth GreenPower installation in the state - the first in a rural area. The GreenPower program is a partnership between the Desert Research Institute, DRI's Research Foundation, Sierra Pacific Power Company and Nevada Power. 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.