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Robert Nielsen

Business Development Director
Division of Research and Economic Development
Office: SU 123
Mail Code: 1092
Phone: 702-895-5345


Prior to joining UNLV in 2012, Robert Nielsen managed the non-profit solar photovoltaic program for Bombard Renewable Energy in Las Vegas. In 2011/2012, this program resulted in the installation of approximately four megawatts of solar photovoltaic-distributed generation for churches, schools, and other non-profits, resulting in approximately $500,000 per year in energy savings. Nielsen also served as the point of contact for utility-scale solar projects with regard to initial development issues and project financing. Additionally, Nielsen formed a company, PV Developers, LLC, to develop a large, utility-scale solar project that is to be sited on a former brownfield mine site.

Previously, Nielsen worked in mortgage banking and finance with Nevada Capital Solutions. Nielsen is a board member for the Technology Business Alliance of Nevada. He also served as a member of the Nevada State Office of Energy’s Renewable Energy Task Force and has been appointed to the City of Henderson’s Community Action Committee on sustainability issues. Additional committee appointments include: Regional Economic Development Council, Information Technology Sector Council, Economic Development Advisory Group and chair of the UNLV Economic Development Subcommittee.

Nielsen holds both a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UNLV and a Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in solar and renewable energy and energy policy.

Expert Areas

  • Industry-sponsored research
  • Introductions to investors and companies
  • Start-up companies