Las Vegas will be powered entirely by renewable sources in the near future. The city’s mayor, Carolyn G. Goodman, announced a partnership with a new solar farm which will be located in the Eldorado Valley of Boulder City, Nevada. The farm is awaiting approval from the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada after which construction can begin.
The mayor had this to say about the new collaboration: “This partnership is going to be a sustainability game changer for our city. One thing people are surprised by is how environmentally conscious Las Vegas is when all they know appears to be less than sustainable. However, we are proud to join other community and business leaders who are all leaders in conservation. If the approvals happen we will become the first city of our size in the nation to achieve 100 percent renewable energy for city operations.”
Paul Caudill, NV Energy President and Chief Executive Officer confirmed that the company would soon be working with the city through their solar farm in Boulder City.
“We are proud to partner with the city of Las Vegas to help them meet their sustainability goals, while developing Nevada’s renewable energy resources. Mayor Goodman and the city join other major customers like MGM Resorts, Station Casinos, Boyd Gaming, Caesars Entertainment, Wynn Resorts, Las Vegas Sands and Switch in the drive toward a green energy future. Importantly, new solar projects are also exceptionally competitive and will not impact customer rates,” Caudill said.
Given the world’s absolute need to at least halve the total CO2 output by 2050, cities like Las Vegas and others in the US like Aspen, Colorado; Burlington, Vermont and Greensburg, Kansas, which have all gone “green”, are taking steps in the right direction. Now even if some parts of residential areas in Las Vegas will still be connected to the original power grid, most will be powered by the sun alone.