Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011 | 2 a.m.
My husband and I were recently in Las Vegas for a conference. We were very impressed with the efficiency with which you run your airport and car rentals. It was very professional and timely. Everyone was so polite, and getting into town and to the rental car was hassle-free. In other places, we have waited as long as an hour to get a rental car that we made reservations for months before.
We were surprised that for a city with more than enough sun and wind, very few homes or businesses were using alternative energy. I saw a few residences with solar photovoltaic (electricity) and some solar thermal panels (hot water).
Las Vegas is perfect for promoting solar and wind sources of energy. In addition, many casinos can afford photovoltaic or thermal panels. By doing so, they can advertise as green businesses that are more popular today with consumers. Promoting these energy sources can provide badly needed jobs, and Las Vegas could become the leading city for alternative energy use in the U.S.
In Montana, we gave $1.2 million in loans (stimulus funds) to various homes and businesses to install alternative energy systems. I realize that $1 million is nothing in Vegas, but when you consider Montana has less than 1 million people statewide, it’s not bad. In addition, we had demand for far more money than was available. So go for it, Las Vegas.