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April 20, 2018

Sustainable Venues: MGM to Build Giant Solar Array to Power Vegas Resorts




MGM Resorts International and Chicago-based renewable energy company Invenergy have partnered on a new solar photovoltaic array, which will generate 100 megawatts of clean, renewable energy. The MGM-Invenergy Solar Project will be located 25 miles north of Las Vegas and MGM Resorts will purchase all the energy generated by the project to help power its 13 properties on the Las Vegas Strip. The project will be operational by the end of 2020. 

The MGM-Invenergy Solar Project will be made up of approximately 336,000 panels on 640 acres of land within the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone. The project will produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of approximately 27,000 homes. Aside from the renewable energy being used directly by MGM Resorts' Nevada properties, the project will also yield other significant benefits for the state of Nevada, MGM said. Construction of the project will employ approximately 350 workers. Once operational, the project will generate approximately $20 million of sales and property tax revenues as well as indirect economic benefits to local businesses like hotels and restaurants, while also reducing carbon emissions.

MGM Resorts' properties line the Las Vegas Strip from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino to Circus Circus Las Vegas, including the Bellagio, Mirage, Aria and MGM Grand. By building the array close to the Las Vegas Strip, it will enable MGM Resorts to directly use the electricity generated from the array.

In 2016, MGM Resorts completed the expansion of the nation's largest contiguous rooftop solar array. The 26,000 panel, 8.3-megawatt solar array is located on the roof of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

Since 2015, Invenergy has partnered with ten corporate customers to develop over 1,100 megawatts of new renewable energy capacity. 


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