LAS VEGAS (April 19, 2018) – The Clean Energy Project today welcomed the announcement from MGM Resorts International that the entertainment company would purchase 100 megawatts of clean, renewable energy to meet the majority of day-time power demand at its 13 resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. The company announced it will work with Chicago-based Invenergy, North America’s largest independent renewable energy company, which will develop the solar array at a site northeast of Las Vegas.
“Clean Energy Project applauds our long-time clean energy partner, MGM Resorts International, on their 100-megawatt solar array agreement with Invenergy,” said Karen Wayland, CEP executive director. “Their continued commitment to clean energy is not only a testament to their sustainability efforts but also a testament to the cost competitiveness of solar and renewable energy. Once considered an altruistic effort, clean energy has now become economically essential in controlling costs and meeting the environmental demands of customer bases. MGM continues to lead in both areas.”
MGM Resorts, in a statement, said the MGM-Invenergy Solar Project will be operational by the end of 2020. The is not the first time MGM Resorts has made international headlines for its commitment to clean energy; in 2016, the company unveiled the largest contiguous rooftop solar array on top of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip.
“Protecting the planet is a business imperative for MGM Resorts and it is our responsibility to find innovative ways where we can use clean energy to power our resorts,” said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International in a statement. “Incorporating renewable energy into MGM’s portfolio will fundamentally reduce MGM’s environmental footprint.”
The MGM-Invenergy Solar Project will be made up of approximately 336,000 photovoltaic panels on 640 acres within the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone, about 25 miles northeast of Las Vegas. The project will produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of approximately 27,000 homes.
About Clean Energy Project: Clean Energy Project, Inc. (CEP) is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to powering a cleaner, more sensible energy future through education and engagement with policy makers, business and community leaders, and citizens on the benefits of developing a clean energy economy.