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Las Vegas Cyclery's design, systems make it 'net-zero' site

Las Vegas Cyclery's design, systems make it 'net-zero' site

Posted: Dec. 21, 2012 | 2:06 a.m.

The notion that a bicycle store generates more power than it consumes from the local utility conjures up an amusing image of bike shop workers in a back room pedaling stationary bikes feverishly to run the store's air conditioning and lights.

But in truth, Las Vegas Cyclery is that owner Jared Fisher invested $2.8 million to open a state-of-the-art energy-efficient building in Summerlin that is engineered to add a net amount of juice to the grid thanks to energy producers such as 208 solar panels, one of the valley's few vertical wind turbines and store-powered, occupancy-sensor lighting.

The 9,785-square-foot ultragreen bike shop on an acre at Town Center Drive and Discovery Drive off Interstate 215 opened this month as a literal power plant and a shrine to energy efficiency. Construction cost $1.98 million; the land cost $800,000. Fisher financed his new building with a Bank of America loan and received no public grants.

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CNN - Vegetable oil fuels bicycle tour vans.

Vegetable oil fuels bicycle tour vans.

CNN November 19, 2007

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AP) -- A Las Vegas tour company is using leftover oil from restaurants to fuel a fleet of vans, showing that recycling can work even in a city known for excess.

Escape Adventures is an 18-year-old company that offers bicycle trips into Red Rock Canyon outside Las Vegas and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

What makes Escape trips different from other helicopter tours or limousine cruises is that owner Jared Fisher spends about four to six hours a week driving to restaurants to siphon used oil from containers near the trash bins.

"It is kind of nice to escape the office," Fisher said. "I can read a book while I'm pumping grease."

So far this year he has collected about 3,000 gallons. That amounts to more than $9,000 in savings -- almost enough to pay for the cost of modifications to make six diesel vehicles in Escape's fleet capable of running on vegetable oil.

The trucks run on diesel or vegetable oil, a feature that came in handy on a recent morning when Fisher realized the tank was near empty.

"I actually had to go raid my kitchen cabinet last night for corn oil," Fisher said. "But that's what is great -- you can cook with it; you can put it in your truck."

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Specializing in western North America, Escape Adventures is a leader in first-class eco-friendly cycling and multi-sport adventure. In 2006, we became the world's first carbon neutral outfitter, bringing sustainable adventure to all the places we visit, from Alaska to Belize and beyond. By simply joining a tour with us, outdoor enthusiasts are now helping to preserve the beautiful backcountry areas they enjoy.

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