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Largest Solar Plant Built in More Than a Decade Hosts Celebrity Studded Event Celebrating Clean Energy in the U.S.

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WHAT:
The official dedication of Nevada Solar OneÔ, Acciona Energy North America’s revolutionary 64MW solar thermal power plant located in Boulder City, Nevada.

WHY:
With concern about global warming and unstable oil and gas markets, the need for clean and commercially viable energy is at an all-time-high.  Nevada Solar One is the largest solar thermal electric power plant to be built in the last 16 years, and is the third largest plant of its kind in the world.  Constructed on a lifetime of research and development, the plant showcases Acciona’s solar thermal leadership and demonstrates that solar thermal energy production is possible on a commercial scale.

Clean Technology is the United States best defense against global warming and energy dependency and provides us with a way to utilize natural, untapped resources more efficiently and productively at the same time decreasing our dependence on carbon emitting coal and natural gas. The Nevada Solar One dedication aims to unite those leading the Clean Tech revolution in order to shine a light on this very important issue.  Industry leaders, scientists and celebrity activists will all be present to discuss Nevada Solar One and the future of renewable energy resources in the United States. 

WHEN:
Friday, February 22, 2008

WHERE:
Acciona’s Nevada Solar One, Boulder City, Nevada

WHO:
José Manuel Entrecanales
, Chairperson, Acciona SA
Mr. Entrecanales is Chairman of Acciona SA, a multibillion-dollar company specializing in the development and management of renewable energy sources and infrastructure services.  Under his leadership, Acciona SA has made a firm commitment to advancing renewable energy technology and reducing the world’s CO2 emissions. 

Peter Duprey, CEO, Acciona Energy North America
Mr. Duprey serves as CEO of Acciona Energy North America where he is responsible for growth of business across all of Acciona’s renewable technologies including wind, solar thermal, bio-mass and bio-fuel.  He has more than 15 years in the renewable energy sector. 

Gilbert Cohen, Senior Vice President, Acciona Solar Power
Mr. Cohen has been instrumental in the development of Acciona’s Nevada Solar One project since its inception. He has more than 30 years of experience in the solar energy sector and is the recipient of the prestigious "Hoyt Clarke Hottel Award" from the American Solar Energy Society.  The award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to technology in the solar energy field.  He has also authored and presented numerous technical papers at professional and academic organizations in many countries and is an active member of the American Solar Energy Society. 

Written by John-Paul Maxfield

John-Paul Maxfield is the founder of Waste Farmers. Waste Farmers is a next generation sustainable agricultural company focused on helping humanity meet current and future food demands, while decreasing agriculture’s environmental footprint. The Company started in 2009 with $9,000 and a belief that idealism and capitalism can coexist. Today Waste Farmers has evolved into an innovator respected by leaders in the global community for developing simple solutions to the complex problems of modern agriculture and food security. Prior to starting Waste Farmers, John-Paul founded the "The Inspired Economist", a blog focused on covering the people, places, ideas, and technologies inspiring positive change and redefining capitalism.
In addition, John-Paul served as an Associate a private equity group specializing in small to mid cap service companies. In this capacity he focused on planning, forecasting, budgeting, and performance evaluation of MBH and its designated subsidiaries. Prior to joining MBH, John-Paul was an Analyst with Alvarez and Marsal where he spent the majority of his time on a team that aided Louisiana’s Recovery School District with the restoration of public schools post Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

John-Paul is active in the Colorado community, serving on the Board of the Rocky Mountain MS Center. In 2007 he was selected as one of the “Fifty for the Future” by the Colorado Statesman and is a graduate of the inaugural class of Impact Denver. John-Paul holds a BA from the University of Colorado.

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