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Media Advisory: GreenPower solar and wind site unveiled at Mendive Middle School

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 25, 2004

Reporters and Editors, Please Note:

WHO: Desert Research Institute and Sierra Pacific Power Company

WHAT: Unveil new GreenPower solar electric installation at Lou Mendive Middle School

WHERE: 1900 Whitewood Drive, Sparks 89434

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 27, 11:00 a.m.

HOW: Brief ceremony with students, faculty, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., Congressman Jim Gibbons, R-Nev., DRI Research Foundation Trustee and Chair of the GreenPower Committee Jim Kropid and Sierra Pacific Resources CEO Walter Higgins III

VISUALS: Solar array, wind generator; student presentation about GreenPower; remarks by Sen. Reid, Congressman Gibbons and others

BACKGROUND: The Mendive Middle School installation marks the fifth GreenPower installation in the state. These GreenPower demonstration projects are aimed at helping students understand the benefits of alternative energy. As part of the GreenPower program, teachers instruct students about solar and wind energy, emphasizing the environmental impacts of using or not using renewable energy.

The result of the solar array and wind generator is enough power to run a small, efficient home. The school saves about $500 a year in energy costs.

The GreenPower program is a partnership between the Desert Research Institute, DRI's Research Foundation, Sierra Pacific Power and Nevada Power Companies. 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.