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Las Vegas doubles down on solar and sustainability
When most of us think of Las Vegas, we think of "Sin City" – neon-lit nights of wild excess, where living for today is all that matters. But Las Vegas is undergoing a well-planned transformation into a city known for both sin and sustainability.
Behind the Scenes Approach
But for now, Las Vegas isn't seeking to change its image from Sin City to Sustainable City, and isn't aggressively marketing itself as a green destination. "Most people come here for fun and entertainment," said Marco Velotta, a planner with the Las Vegas Office of Sustainability. "So many don't realize that behind the scenes Las Vegas has become a leader in being green and sustainable."
In 2008, the Las Vegas City Council enacted a comprehensive policy with ambitious sustainability goals, such as reducing the city's carbon footprint by 30% by 2030. Nevada has also committed to investing heavily in encouraging green growth within the state. One such investment is offering incentives and tax breaks for residential and commercial renewable energy projects.
"Solar technology has advanced so much in the last few decades. We are fortunate to have more than 300 days of sun per year."
Solar Power on the Strip
It's true that in a city many associate with all kinds of excess, sunshine is one thing that is almost never in short supply. And MGM Resorts International, which owns approximately 68% of the commercial land on the famous Las Vegas Strip, recently rolled out a new visible cue of the city's move to a more sustainable future.
With NRG as their partner, they installed one of the world's largest solar photovoltaic arrays atop their Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center. It can supply up to 25% of the Convention Center's power needs.
Number is 26,044*
A look at the solar array at MGM's Mandalay Bay Resort, by the numbers:
“MGM is a leader in sustainability and environmental stewardship within the Las Vegas and Nevada community and this project stands as proof of their commitment”
-Ophir Orr, NRG Solar Project Manager