Supports Efforts by the Nevada Coalition to Protect Ratepayers for Renewable Energy Alternatives

May 18, 2015, 17:08 ET from

LAS VEGAS, May 18, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- represents thousands of politically engaged Nevadans who want a future that thrives on clean energy and consumer choice and we support the Nevada Coalition to Protect Ratepayers' efforts to protect consumer alternatives.  Efforts by the Coalition to create and protect good paying middle class solar industry jobs should be supported. Saving money on electricity via consumer choice and more competitively acquired green power will allow the solar industry to reinvest and hire more Nevadans. Presente is the largest national Latino online organization dedicated to advancing social justice through technology, media, and culture. We believe energy choice and job growth from solar are critical to Nevada's future. With more competitive power options, we support the Coalition's efforts to protect and expand the clean energy economy.  As we've seen in other states, consumer choice will enable the solar industry to create more solar jobs, and allow more Nevada families to power their homes and businesses with clean energy.

Maintaining the fossil fuel status quo stifles job growth. Nevada now has about 6,000 solar jobs, many of which are Latino. Without rooftop solar, those jobs will be lost.  Capping solar also has tremendous consequences for the health and well-being of our communities. For example, disadvantaged families of color have borne the burden of our fossil energy system for too long. Rooftop solar energy helps reduce the need for expensive, polluting fossil fuel infrastructure like coal plants. Our communities will be especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change if we continue our dependence on fossil fuels.

We urge Nevada's Legislative leaders to stand behind the Coalition's initiative to preserve solar jobs and clean energy alternatives.

Contact: Arturo Carmona, 510-500-0257