Your image of a rooftop party in Las Vegas may change once we tell about you about the new installations for the Mandalay Bay Resort. Over the past decade, Sin City has been improving its sustainable efforts in a variety of ways. If you missed our past post about those efforts check it out here. However, we are here to inform you on the City’s newest efforts that involves 21,000 solar panels, which is apparently the largest rooftop solar array on a convention center.

These 21,000 solar panels cover the Resort and Casino’s 20 acres of space. These panels provide 6.4 megawatts of clean energy to the complex. According to MGM, the energy generated from the rooftop array is enough to power 1,000 American homes as well as carbon reduction that’s equivalent to removing 6,300 cars off the road. This installation will also help lower demand on southern Nevada’s electricity grid during the summer months.

Mandalay Bay solar array

“Today marks a major milestone for MGM Resorts, NRG Energy and the entire Las Vegas community,” said Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International. “The completion of this solar array demonstrates our steadfast commitment to the principles of environmental responsibility, and the announcement of the second array reinforces that we’re always looking to do more.”

Guests in the adjacent Mandalay Bay tower will be able to see the array and will be highly visible for travelers arriving and departing from McCarran Airport. Once the final plans were approved, it took 18 months to complete the installation. When asked what motivated MGM to commit to solar power, Chris Brophy, MGM Resorts’ VP of environmental compliance, explained “We’ve been trying to incorporate solar and other renewables into our portfolio since 2005.” With other sustainable projects taking place in the City, MGM executives never penciled out innovations for the Mandalay Bay’s convention center roof.

This installation is a substantial project for MGM because it will provide 20 percent of Mandalay Bay’s electricity needs. “Together, MGM Resorts and NGR are an excellent example of private sector companies working together to develop innovative technologies that protect our planet’s most precious resources,” said Nevada Senator and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. “I applaud MGM and NRG for leading the way for other businesses to embrace environmental best practices, and demonstrating that it’s good for business.”

Suppliers used were:

EPC: Sunora

Racking: Unirac

Panels: JA Solar and Hanwha QCell

Inverters: SMA America

Monitoring: Locus Energy

MGM Resorts is the largest employer in the state of Nevada and is committed to educating its 52,000 employees through awareness and engagement campaigns surrounding all sustainability initiatives. The City of Las Vegas is proving that it is not only known for its party attitude but paving the way for a more sustainable attitude.

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