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June 6, 2018

Sustainable Events: Wynn Opens New Solar Facility Ahead of New Venue

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Big news in sustainable events: Wynn Las Vegas reports that it officially began commercial operation of its Wynn Solar Facility on Saturday, June 2, which the resort says will allow it to offset up to 75 percent of its peak power needs with renewable energy. According to Wynn, that’s the largest percentage of renewable energy used by any resort in Las Vegas

The new 160-acre facility will also eventually be used to power the resort’s new meetings and conventions space expansion, which is set to open in March 2020, with 100 percent renewable energy. 

Owned and operated by Enel Green Power North America, Inc., the Wynn Solar Facility is a standalone solar photovoltaic project located in Fallon, Nevada, adjacent to the existing Stillwater hybrid facility, and shares the existing connection infrastructure with the geothermal-solar hybrid plant. The Wynn Solar Facility generates up to 27 MWdc of renewable energy, equivalent to 20 MWac, to power the resort. With this renewable energy resource offsetting a sizable percentage of Wynn's peak power needs, the resort will exceed requirements outlined in the Nevada Renewable Portfolio Standard, Wynn said.

Combined with the recently installed solar panels covering 103,000 square feet of Wynn's rooftop, enough renewable energy will be generated to power 5,056 homes and eliminate 33,734 metric tons of CO2 emissions from the environment annually, according to the resort. Wynn Las Vegas said it is committed to increasing sustainable design practices, creating and sourcing renewable energy, and exceeding LEED Gold Building Certification standards for projects in Las Vegas, as well as Encore Boston Harbor, currently under construction in Everett, Massachusetts.

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