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Nevada Solar Company Wants to See USA Keep Pace with China

March 4, 2010

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - A Nevada solar company is teaming up with thousands of other businesses nationwide to make the case that America needs to be a leader in cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

China and the United States are shooting for the same goal, according to Nick Restivo, business manager of American Solar Electric, Las Vegas. Both countries want to increase the amount of renewable energy they generate by 10 percent. The difference, he says, is that China is putting a whole lot more money into it and moving a whole lot faster.

"They're putting in $9 billion a month in developing these technologies. What we're focusing on is carbon cap; we're not spending nearly as much."

American Solar Electric in Nevada is teaming up with 2,500 other companies, including Warner Music Group, and calling on Congress to pass clean energy legislation that will significantly impact greenhouse gas emissions.

Before American Solar Electric came upon the scene, Restivo says the typical Nevada gas street light burned 24 hours a day, wasting energy in the middle of the day for no reason at all. His company installs smart technology that stores its own renewable solar power and even turns itself on and off.

"It has a sensor, so when it senses that it is dusk, the light turns on, and when the sun is coming up in the morning, it turns the light off. It collects enough light in one day's full charge to provide back-up power for three days."

So far, his company has installed 700 solar street lights in Nevada.

The group, American Businesses for Clean Energy, includes businesses like solar companies, travel agencies and even local restaurants that believe a national investment in clean energy will create jobs and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The complete list of businesses involved in this effort is available at www.americanbusinessesforcleanenergy.org.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NV