The demand for casinos is high with thousands of venues all over the world, in places like Las Vegas, the amount of electricity required to power these venues is massive. With a focus on climate change and green energy, the pressure is on all businesses that use a lot of energy to tighten up and work out how they can best address the problem. As roulettepro.com reports, renewable energy is being implemented by MGM Resorts International.
A Strain on the Planet
MGM Resorts International is one of the first companies to acknowledge that electricity consumption is a problem within the industry. The organisation owns 13 casinos in the Las Vegas strip and is looking to move over to powering 90% of their daytime demand using solar panels. Solar energy is seen as a cleaner, more efficient way of generating electricity and Las Vegas is in the perfect area of the world to fully harness the power of the sun. Currently, renewable energy remains in the minority, and most businesses and residential properties rely on electricity generated in traditional, non-renewable ways which are not good for the environment. It is brilliant to see a company acknowledging that there is an issue that can be addressed and hopefully will lead to other companies following suit.
Working with Invenergy
The company chosen to assist with this project is in Invenergy, a Chicago-based renewable development corporation. They plan to create an array of 100 MW photovoltaic panels which will be located about 25 miles to the northeast of the Las Vegas strip. So this will not impact in any way on the design or functionality of the buildings but will form a solar farm that can be connected using miles of cable. It is thought that the casinos will switch to this renewable source in 2020 which will require the companies to start work in the near future and a 640-acre parcel of federal land located near the US Highway 93 split from the Interstate 15 at Apex Industrial Park has been earmarked for the project.
Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone
It is thought that MGM Resorts will receive all of the electricity generated by this particular array, in a 20-year agreement. Within the area, a bigger Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone had already been created. This was done during the President Obama Administration as a way to fast track so the development of renewable power on a bigger scale. As well as the solar panels for the casinos, there will be 336,000 more which are going to be used to generate power for over 27,000 homes within the area. Of course, the project this size is also going to be needing staff, and it is believed that 350 people will be required for construction and there will also be sales and property revenue tax to come from this.
The senior vice president and chief sustainability officer for MGM Resorts, Cindy Ortega, said: “It is a really strong project we are very proud of it.”