By Alan Snel
Tom Polikalas strolled around Jared Fisher’s tour company, Escape Adventures—a 10,000-square-foot model of energy efficiency off Town Center Drive right off the 215 in Summerlin.
Polikalas, the Nevada representative for SWEEP (Southwest Energy Efficiency Project), a non-profit organization based in Boulder, Colorado, made it a point to tour the net-zero building known as one the top energy conservation commercial buildings in the U.S.
“This is an example of the type of business we want to do a case study of to showcase,” Polikalas said.
Polikalas not only enjoyed visiting the Escapes Adventures building. He enjoyed meeting Jared Fisher, a Republican candidate for governor who has articulated a comprehensive game plan for renewable energy.
Fisher wants to make Nevada the world leader in renewable energy—a policy statement that impressed Polikalas, who is based in Reno.
Polikalas was in Las Vegas advocating for energy efficient construction in residential and commercial developments and promoting stronger energy standards, so he took the time to visit Fisher’s business on this Friday evening.
Fisher welcomed Polikalas, giving him a tour of the building and site that includes 208 solar panels and one of the three wind turbines in Clark County.
Only a week earlier, Fisher and his wife Heather visited energy experts in Reno. It was there where Heather Fisher met one of the experts in the geothermal energy category.
Reno’s Rex Stock, a big supporter of geothermal power, is “intrigued” that a Republican candidate for governor such as Jared Fisher “is thinking about renewable energy projects.”
Stock was happy to hear that Jared Fisher wanted to make Nevada a world leader in renewable energy production.
“The state has vast resources and geothermal is viewed unfavorably compared to solar sources. Solar has received favorable support from the state and federal governments, but lost in the shuffle has been another equally effective energy source and that’s geothermal,” Stock said.
“It can be both and should be both,” said Stock, who works as a business consultant. It takes up a small footprint. It doesn’t require a lot of land. And it has zero emissions. In the mix should be geothermal.”
Geothermal power taps the hot liquids below the earth’s surface. Stock is an advisor to a geothermal plant in the Reno area and notes he helps the facility find investment partners who have capital.
“I’m for any clean energy,” Jared Fisher said of geothermal.
Bookmark http://fisherfornevada.com/ to learn more about Jared Fisher’s views on making Nevada a world leader in renewable energy