Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Liberty Utilities, and Tesla are partnering for a proposed project that would bring an energy storage system to the North Tahoe region. For six years, they’ve been working on what they’re calling The Olympic Valley Microgrid Project — which would use innovative battery storage technology to store surplus energy and deliver that stored energy to the utility’s grid. It could provide backup power to Liberty Utility’s customers in the area in the event of an electrical outage.
Mark Anderson has been named director of Nevada Industry Excellence. The former general manager, human resources and general affairs, for Panasonic Energy of North America, sees this as the right time and NVIE as the right place to continue his career passion: building business and industry by focusing on employees and their personal and professional development.
New, existing and relocating technology companies are making Nevada home in both metro and rural areas, bringing innovation across the board. So far, specific technology clusters have not developed. Nevada is seeing everything from bioscience to construction and telecommunications to entertainment. “In a lot of cities you have a sector that’s doing well or a place where it’s mostly big companies or all start-ups,” said Dave Archer.
Nevada’s Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison recently returned from a 10-day TravelNevada trade mission to China. One of his biggest takeaways is the Chinese — who make up the No. 1 foreign travel market for the U.S. — see the Tesla gigafactory near Reno as a major tourist attraction.
For about four weeks of classes for about $450 at the Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nick Freed learned the skills necessary to become a competitive job candidate for an entry-level material handler position at Panasonic, which is manufacturing batteries for the Tesla Gigafactory. And, because the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Truckee Meadows recently made money available to qualified applicants, he will be fully reimbursed for completing the program.
A study by a technology think tank indicates the high-tech boom is spreading nationally, and northern Nevada is on the growing edge. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) “High-Tech Nation” study released late last year examines 20 indicators of an innovation-driven high-tech economy to paint statistical portraits of all 435 U.S. Congressional Districts, all 50 states, and the District of Columbia. The study demonstrates that high-tech innovation plays a critical role in the economy in all four congressional districts in Nevada.
For anyone who has been paying attention to the developments at the TRI Center, it would be no surprise another world class operation is opening its doors at one of the world’s the largest industrial centers, currently home to companies like Tesla, Ebay and Zulily. In 2017, the wrappings will be taken off the latest high-tech operation at the immense industrial park as Switch christens its newest campus, and the first SUPERNAP facility of a planned 6,487,241 square feet of colocation datacenter space.