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SolarCity to stop sales in Nevada after rate change

Rooftop solar installation company SolarCity says it will stop selling and installing panels in Nevada after energy regulators decided to change the rate structure for solar customers.

SolarCity issued a statement Wednesday saying the Nevada Public Utilities Commission "effectively shut down" the rooftop solar industry with Tuesday's decision, which is expected to raise rates over a five-year period for so-called net metering customers.

That includes about 17,000 Nevada customers with solar panels who sell excess energy from their systems back to NV Energy. The commission says the change will reduce the cost-shift from rooftop solar customers to non-solar customers, and reflects the declining price of solar-generated power.

Some people paid for their panels outright hoping to save money in the long run.

So what about the people who lease solar panels that they may need to be eventually removed?... Read More

Unidentified flying object seen in Vegas sky

8 News NOW has received numerous reports of some sort of a fireball that shot across the Vegas Valley sky. Some think it was a meteorite, but at this point, it's unclear what it was.

All 8 News NOW can confirm is that it wasn't an airplane, according to a tweet by Clark County. 8 News NOW is working hard to figure out what the unidentified flying object was was.

Did you see it? If you did, please share your photos and video by emailing us at pix@lasvegasnow.com. ... Read More

Unidentified flying object seen in Vegas sky

8 News NOW has received numerous reports of some sort of a fireball that shot across the Vegas Valley sky. Some think it was a meteorite, but at this point, it's unclear what it was.

All 8 News NOW can confirm is that it wasn't an airplane, according to a tweet by Clark County. 8 News NOW is working hard to figure out what the unidentified flying object was was.

Did you see it? If you did, please share your photos and video by emailing us at pix@lasvegasnow.com. ... Read More

Preparing plants, gardens and pipes for cold weather

At 32 degrees, the temps around the valley are predicted to dip to near freezing Wednesday night.

Many neighborhoods in the edges of the valley will drop to the mid to high 20's by the early morning, so it's important to keep yourself and pets warm.

But your plants and pipes also need some special attention.

"I"m buying burlap to cover citrus trees," said Tim Hasselbalch, taking steps to protect plants.

Hasselbalch is not the only homeowner rushing to nursery stores to stock up on burlap.

"With the cold weather -- some plants are very frost tender, and they have to be wrapped in burlap," said Josiah Eizman, Assistant Manager, Star Nursery.

Many popular plants around the valley can resist the cold weather better than others. Pigmy Palm trees and cactus don't do well, but Oleanders and Glossy Privet trees tend to do better... Read More

Reward offered for information on dead ducks

A hefty reward is being offered to track down those believed to be responsible for the deaths of ducks at Desert Shores.

The remains were found last month. Neighbors called animal control to pick up the birds. Officials say it appears a coyote or coyotes attacked the ducks and a nest of eggs.

Animal lovers, however, are not convinced and suspect foul play.

Nevada Political Action for Animals - along with residents and local leaders - is offering a reward of $6,000.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555... Read More

Bishop Gorman wins 7th straight state title

It's been a busy Saturday for high school football. The suspense of the state high school football championship pitted the Liberty Patriots against powerhouse Bishop Gorman. ... Read More

George Tiaffay to spend the rest of his life in prison

George Tiaffay, the former firefighter who paid a man to kill his wife, was back in court Monday where he was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole plus a maximum of 81 years.

Tiaffay was convicted of first degree murder in September for the beating death of his wife Shauna Tiaffay. He was also convicted on six other charges including conspiracy to commit murder, robbery and burglary with a deadly weapon.

Shauna Tiaffay was killed in September 2012 by Noel Stevens. Tiaffay paid the homeless man $600 to kill Shauna. For weeks, the two plotted the killing.

Shauna's sister tearfully read a letter to the court that was written by her mother about Shauna's death.

"She was very petite and feminine, and absolutely beautiful to look at, but she was even more beautiful as a person on the inside," said Paula Stokes, Shauna Tiaffay's sister... Read More