As of this morning, we’re officially open for business in the greater Las Vegas area. Today Nevada becomes the 15th state where we can offer homeowners a way to pay less for solar electricity than they pay for electricity from their local utility.
We’re kicking off the expansion into our 15th state by taking orders from residents of the greater Las Vegas area, who are currently NV Energy customers.
Nevada has long enjoyed a wealth of natural resources. Precious minerals and metals have been mined in “the Silver State” for over 150 years, and mining has accounted for 14 percent of all job growth since 2009. But Nevada has scarcely begun to tap its greatest natural resource – the sun. Nevada is poised to become a solar energy powerhouse: it receives among the greatest amount of direct sunlight of any state in the U.S., with Las Vegas tied for third among the sunniest cities in the nation, according to the National Climatic Data Center.
This solar expansion is good news for the environment, for Nevada homeowners’ wallets, and for the state’s continued economic growth – SolarCity has already hired more than 400 people in Nevada, and we plan to double that in the next 12 months.
With your help, we can change Nevada’s nickname from the Silver State into the Solar State.