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Celebration Thursday for Downtown Reno's First Urban Turbine

Jan 28, 2009

Media Contacts:

Karl Walquist, NV Energy: 775-834-3891
Terri Hendry, City of Reno: 775-326-6309

Reno, NV--Reno's Urban Turbine, the first wind turbine built in the downtown area, will soon be generating electricity at the Cathexes building located at 250 Bell Street in Reno.

The architecture firm Cathexes, which developed the building by transforming an old downtown warehouse into office space, will be celebrating the new project with a Wind Turbine Raising and Ribbon Cutting at the energy efficient building on Thursday, Jan. 29, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Among the building tenants joining in the celebration will be Bombard Renewable Energy, a division of Bombard Electric; Great Basin Wind, a wind project developer; Smartbrand, an eco-branding company; Bootleg Bike Couriers, a bicycle messenger company; and the Education Design Group, an environmental outreach company.

Bombard Renewable Energy will be installing the turbine.

The wind turbine is expected to be among the first in the downtown area to earn a financial incentive from NV Energy's WindGenerations program. Customers who qualify for the program can earn up to $2.50 per watt for power generated by wind turbines. Manufactured by Southwest Windpower in Flagstaff, Ariz., the turbine can produce up to 2.4 kilowatts of electricity. According to the manufacturer, it's designedto operate quietly and to produce electricity in very low winds.