The City of Las Vegas recently announced that they are on track to having the city run entirely on renewable energy. The city has made a partnership with a local solar facility and are working out the final details, and awaiting approval from the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada.
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman announced the partnership in a recent statement, saying that, “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.”
The new project will be made possible by a solar farm that is being constructed in the Eldorado Valley of Boulder City, Nevada. 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.
There are many residential areas of Las Vegas that would still remain on the traditional power grid, but the vast majority of the power usage in the city would be pulled from renewable sources.
Larger cities depending on renewable energy is a positive trend that we have seen developing recently. As we have reported over the past year, Lower Austria will now sourcing 100% of its electricity for its 1.65-million-strong population from renewable energy. Earlier this year, Aspen, Colorado became the third city in the United States to consider itself fully powered by renewable resources, just behind Burlington, Vermont and Greensburg, Kansas.
In fact, a new report from Greenpeace predicted that the world can be 100% renewable by 2050, and 85% renewable in just 15 years.
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