Dave Hurd and Jay Schofield were reelected to the positions of chairman and vice-chairman of the Lincoln County Regional Development Authority at their Aug. 7 meeting. Executive Director remains Mike Baughman.

Baughman told the meeting he has registered to attend the 2017 Solar Power International Conference in Las Vegas, Sept. 11-13.

He reported he is also working with representatives of Coyote Springs and other land owners in Lincoln County to assemble information of private land sites available for utility-scale solar development and will be arranging a series of meetings with developers that may show an interest. The discussion was also held on the importance of access to power transmission lines from the private land sites to facilitate the solar power projects.

Baughman mentioned he has been talking with representatives of the U.S. Industrial Pellet Association regarding LCRDA initiatives which might be undertaken in conjunction with the association’s annual conference planned for Las Vegas, Oct. 9-11. Several executives from leading national wood pellet manufacturers operating in the southeast will attend the conference.

U.S. firms have been looking to southeast Asia as an area in which to expand exports of wood pellets.

Baughman said he does have a commitment of up to $5,000 in funding from the Nevada Pinyon Juniper Partnership to develop a marketing plan and initiative focused on the wood pellet executives attending the October conference.

Lincoln County has a large pinyon juniper biomass available for harvest, as well as other areas to the east, along with the mainline of the Union Pacific Railroad.

Baughman also said he is hoping it might be possible to host a tour of the biomass resources of the county.

In the meantime, Emilia Cargill suggested preparing and giving a formal presentation at the conference to industry executives, in lieu of flying some here. She suggested engaging Sam Lytle and Ben Rowley to develop a state-of-the-art drone-enhanced video. In addition, she suggested involving the drone company seeking to operate out of the Alamo Airport in the project as well. Baughman said he would pursue the ideas further.