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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 27, 2008

CONTACT:
Jeanne O’Brien 
Office: 307.335.2236     
Mobile: 307.349.0595
jeanne_obrien@nols.edu

The National Outdoor Leadership School Unveils New Solar Array

Lander, Wyo., May 27, 2008 – The National Outdoor Leadership School’s (NOLS) Rocky Mountain facility will be holding a public unveiling on May 28, 2008 of its new 84-panel solar array. Attendees will be invited to tour the facilities and learn about the project through an interactive exhibit and informational session with representatives from Rocky Mountain Power, Creative Energies and NOLS.

Thanks to the new solar array, NOLS’ Rocky Mountain facility is now generating up to 40 percent of its own electricity. “NOLS Rocky Mountain is excited to be producing renewable energy. I believe our solar array ties well to both the mission of NOLS and the needs of our country,” said Gary Cukjati, NOLS Rocky Mountain director.

Made possible by the generous support of Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky renewable energy program and installed by Creative Energies, the array is capable of generating 71 kilowatt hours per day, avoiding over 50,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year – the equivalent to what an average American produces in a year!

“Renewable energy is a growing part of the mix of resources used by Rocky Mountain Power to generate electricity for all of our customers, and our Blue Sky program gives individual customers a way to do even more to help increase the demand for renewable resources,” said Karen Gilmore, Rocky Mountain Power vice president of customer services. “We are pleased to be able to provide support for the National Outdoor Leadership School’s 84-panel solar project through the Blue Sky program.”

To learn more about the solar array, including live statistics on the amount of electricity being generated, visit www.nols.edu/creating_a_climate_for_change. For more information about Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky program, go to www.rockymountainpower.net/bluesky

About NOLS
Founded in 1965 by legendary mountaineer Paul Petzoldt, the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) is the leader in wilderness education and sets the industry standard for responsible, high-quality educational expeditions. NOLS provides an awe-inspiring, transformative experience that develops active, positive leaders with lifelong environmental ethics and outdoor skills to more than 10,000 students each year. A private nonprofit school, NOLS runs courses from 10 days to a full academic year in length on five continents. NOLS students, ages 14 to over 70, explore the most remote wilderness the Rocky Mountains, Idaho, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, Alaska, Western Canada, Mexico, Patagonia (Chile), India, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Baffin Island, and Scandinavia have to offer. College credit and scholarships are available. For more information, call NOLS at (800) 710-NOLS (6657) or visit the web site at www.nols.edu.

About Rocky Mountain Power
Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Rocky Mountain Power is one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, providing more than 950,000 customers in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho with safe and dependable electric service. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. As part of PacifiCorp, the company has more than 9,062 megawatts of generation from coal, hydro, gas-fired combustion turbines and renewable wind and geothermal power. PacifiCorp is part of MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, and serves approximately 1.7 million customers as Rocky Mountain Power in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho; and as Pacific Power in Oregon, Washington and California. For more information, visit www.rockymountainpower.net.

Through the company’s Blue Sky renewable energy program, Rocky Mountain Power customers can purchase wind energy generated in the region, in 100-kilowatt-hour increments, called blocks, for $1.95 per block in addition to their regular monthly electricity bill. Funds from Blue Sky customers also help support the development of smaller-scale renewable energy projects in communities served by the company, and cover program costs. More than 27,000 customers in Wyoming, Utah and Idaho participate in the Blue Sky program, which is Green-e Energy certified and was named 2007 Green Power Program of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy. Information is available online at www.rockymountainpower.net/bluesky.

About Creative Energies
Based in Lander, Wyoming, at the foot of the Wind River Mountains, Creative Energies has been building and improving renewable energy systems since 2000. We have clients across Wyoming and have installed systems from Montana to Antarctica. We believe that renewable energy offers an environmentally preferable choice to conventional energy sources, and through our education and guidance, our clients discover more responsible ways to power or heat their homes, businesses, ranches and recreational structures.

 
Students travel through Wyoming's Wind River Mountains-a wilderness range renowned for its crystal clear lakes and rugged mountain beauty.
Photo: Tony Jewell
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