Skip to comments.Reid, Nevada Educators Announce $20 Million For Nevada System Of Higher Education
Posted on 05/13/2013 5:21:35 PM PDT by mdittmar
Funding Will Research How To Make Solar Panels More Efficient & Minimize Water Use
NSF Grant Expected To Employ 100 Technicians, Scientists and Students
Washington, D.C.- Nevada Senator Harry Reid today joined Chancellor Dan Klaich and officials with the National Science Foundation in announcing a grant for $20,000,000 which will be awarded to the Nevada System of Higher Education to improve the effectiveness of large-scale solar installations in arid desert lands. The grant comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the project, called The Solar Energy-Water-Environment Nexus in Nevada, will be a collaborative effort between the University of Nevada, Reno, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the Desert Research Institute.
The grant provides funding over five years through the NSF- Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program to make solar panels more efficient and minimize water use and environmental degradation at solar facilities. The grant is expected to employ at least 100 technicians, students and faculty for five years and it also includes an outreach program to K-12 students and a bridge to college program to encourage students to develop academic skills and career paths in STEM fields.
This research effort will secure Nevadas position as the undisputed leader in clean energy innovation, said Senator Reid. Nevada has come a long way in developing our nations clean energy best practices. This collaborative project will be another important leap towards a more sustainable clean energy future. By bringing together the greatest minds in Nevada, we can overcome obstacles that hamper clean energy development in Nevada and elsewhere. This research can make our technology more efficient and accessible to all communities- no matter their location. I am confident that their findings will allow our state, and others like Nevada, to harness our vast clean energy potential.
This green energy project presents an outstanding opportunity for our students, faculty and all Nevadans as this facility comes on-line in Boulder City, said Dan Klaich, Chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Our researchers will play a critical role in advancing the knowledge base of this emerging technology, but also provide an incredible resource to our underrepresented students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Chancellor Dan Klaich, Nevada System of Higher Education
This new award from the National Science Foundation will increase Nevadas capabilities to address critical, as well as practical problems of relevance to large-scale solar installations in arid desert lands, said Dr. Gayle Dana NSF EPSCoR Project Director, Nevada. This project will importantly promote education in solar energy, water and environment with programs aimed at pre-college and undergraduate students with a focus to attract underrepresented minority groups, K-12 teachers, and the general public. We are very excited and honored to receive this award and look forward to implementing it over the next five years.
The NSF-EPSCoR NEXUS project aims to position Nevada at the forefront of research on solar energy and its relation to water and the environment. DRIs experts in water, earth, ecosystem and atmospheric sciences will play a critical role in making the NEXUS a success, said Dr. Stephen Wells, President of the Desert Research Institute. DRI is very honored to be a part of this and a leader in environmental research in Nevada.
The consequences of the so-called sequester are real not only for our national defense, but for millions of American families and businesses. More than 750,000 American jobs are at stake.
Across the country, tens of thousands of teachers, including thousands who work with disabled children, could be laid off. Seventy thousand children would be dropped from Head Start. And 373,000 adults living with serious mental illnesses and children dealing with severe emotional problems will go untreated.
Airports will close, due to a shortage of air traffic controllers. And lines at the airports that do stay open will stretch out the door, as TSA workers are furloughed. At the airport in Las Vegas, through which 40 million tourists from around the world travel each year, security lines will take an hour longer than they do today.
And from coast to coast, hundreds of thousands of civilian employees of the Department of Defense will face furloughs that will devastate their families and devastate our economy.
These effects wont be felt all at once. They will be cumulative, and they will be painful.
And yet old harry manages to find another $20 million lying around to add to the billions wasted on "green jobs" in Nevada.
Another $20 Million down the toilet because of the “green energy” rip off by the turkey in the WH and Dingy Harry, it’s criminal!
Payoff for Reid’s political friends from Obama’s National Science Foundation.
(NSF) = NON SUFFICIENT FUNDS!
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