Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay project is among the largest rooftop projects in the world.
The City of Lights is ready to shine. MGM Resorts International and NRG have completed the installation of the world's largest rooftop solar photovoltaic arrays at the Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center in Las Vegas. The 6.4 MW DC (5 MW AC) installation is predicted to generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 1,000 homes. MGM and NRG are also working on a phase II development project which will add another 2 MW DC (1.5 MW AC) of capacity at Mandalay Bay, which will be completed in 2015.
At peak production, the rooftop installation is expected to produce nearly 20 percent of the Mandalay Bay's power demand. The first commercial solar project in the U.S. for MGM Resorts, the solar solution takes full advantage of the sunny, desert climate of Las Vegas.
This, in turn, will also lower demand on the southern Nevada electricity grid at the hottest time of the day. The project diminishes the need to import energy from outside the local energy system and reduces energy costs for the entire Las Vegas system.
MGM Resorts made the strategic decision to install on the Mandalay Bay Resort Conference and Convention center because of its large, 20-acre, sun-oriented rooftop space. Mandalay Bay will buy the energy created by the array through a power purchase agreement.
The company has made it a point of emphasis to reduce its natural resource consumption through various sustainability initiatives. Over the past five years, the company has reduced its energy intensity by more than 12 percent and has saved more than 2.5 billion gallons of water.
Statement from Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, Jim Murren
"Integrating environmentally responsible practices throughout our operations has been a key pillar in MGM Resorts' strategic sustainability plan. Partnering with NRG to install the solar rooftop at Mandalay Bay highlights a major milestone in our efforts to promote renewable energy and reduce our consumption of the planet's limited resources."