Renewable Energy at DRI

The Desert Research Institute is committed to discovering new economically and environmentally friendly energy production methods. DRI supports expanding renewable energy research throughout Nevada and around the U.S. Click the links below to explore how DRI promotes renewables, works with industry and practices sustainable energy practices on each of our primary campuses.

 

CTREC

The DRI Clean Technologies and Renewable Energy Center (CTREC) is a credible, independent authority regarding the benefits and limitations of renewable energy systems and their impacts upon the environment. The current focus of DRI’s renewable energy research is on wind energy, hydrogen applications, and biomass-to-energy systems.

 

GreenPower Program

Since its inception in 2000, GreenPower has been the outreach program for the Desert Research Institute. Funded by the generosity of customers who voluntarily add a few dollars each month to their NV Energy electric bill, 100% of the tax-deductible donations support renewable energy education for Nevada’s students.

 

REDD

Located on our Reno campus, DRI’s Renewable Energy Deployment and Display Facility (REDD) operates as a resource for DRI scientists, other research institutes, and private businesses. Serving as a lab for research, developments, inventions, and comparison studies, the REDD is a way to combine as many renewable energy technologies as possible to make an off-grid system.

 

NVREC

The Nevada Renewable Energy Consortium (NVREC) is an association among the three Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) research institutions (Desert Research Institute: Universities of Nevada at Reno and Las Vegas), along with participating Nevada community colleges. The ultimate purpose of the Consortium is to help Nevada achieve its vision of being a national leader in renewable energy research, development, and work force development.

 

Solar-Generation Capacity

DRI recently completed three new photovoltaic systems,  boosting the Institute’s total clean electrical power-generating capacity installed statewide to more than one megawatt (MW). Six separate arrays on DRI’s Las Vegas and Reno campuses   together generate nearly 20 percent of the electrical power requirements needed for DRI’s facilities and save the Institute more than $150,000 annually in  electrical costs. 

Campus

Year Installed

kW Generated

# of Panels

CO2 emissions reduced

% of DRI power

Reno

2009

20

96

68,000

0%

Reno

2012

117

418

380,000

2%

Las Vegas

2012

390

1,658

1,383,000

7%

Reno

2013

498

1,846

1,572,000

8%

Las Vegas

2013

60

198

216,062

1%

 

TOTALS

1,083

4,216

  3,619,062

18%

 

Real Time Monitoring of DRI's Solar Arrays

Check out the links below to see how much  solar power DRI is generating right now.

 

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

DRI has four public electric vehicle charging station located on its Las Vegas  campus and one private, employee-only charging station on its Reno campus. The  Las Vegas station is part of the Chargepoint network and is available 24 hours  a day, seven days a week. A Chargepoint RFID card required to activate the Las  Vegas station.

 

CRVB Gold LEED Building

In 2009, U.S. Senator Harry Reid and the late  Nevada State Senator Bill Raggio dedicated the new DRI Computational Research and Visualization Building (CRVB). The CRVB is DRI’s first building to fully embrace the principles of sustainable design and received a Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the US Green Building Council.

 

Air
Atmospheric Sciences (DAS)
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Air quality and atmospheric research including meteorology, visibility and pollutant transport.
NEWS • LABS & CAPABILITIES


Western Regional Climate Center
Climate Information and Data Services
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Providing jointly developed products, services and capabilities that enhance the delivery of public climate info.
CURRENT OBSERVATIONS


Diversity at DRI
An Inclusive Mission of Research Excellence
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Offering a supportive and diverse environment for our students, faculty/staff and visitors.
 

Land and Life
Earth and Ecosystems Sciences (DEES)
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Research into changing landscapes including the soils, plants, animals and humans that affect them.
NEWS • LABS & CAPABILITIES


GreenPower Program
K-12 Outreach and Education
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Supporting Nevada educators in science-based, environmental education with free tools, resources, and training.
NEWS • WHAT WE DO


Renewable Energy at DRI
Discovering New Energy Production Methods
dri-renewable-energyExpanding renewable energy research throughout Nevada and around the U.S.

Water
Hydrologic Sciences (DHS)
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Study of the natural and human factors that influence the availability and quality of water resources.
NEWS • LABS & CAPABILITIES


DRI Nevada Medal Event
2014 Medalist - Dr. Albert "Yu-Min" Lin
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Proudly honoring outstanding achievement in science and engineering with gala events in Reno and Las Vegas.


Nevada Center of Excellence
Supporting Nevada's Economic Development
Center of ExcellenceCombining NSHE water expertise and IBM’s advanced technologies to grow tomorrow's workforce.