Commercial, Solar, Sourcing Renewables - June 6, 2018
Wynn Las Vegas opens solar facility
Wynn Las Vegas announced the beginning of commercial operation of the Wynn Solar Facility, a 160-acre facility that now offsets up to 75% of the resort’s current peak power requirements. Wynn reports this is the largest percentage of renewable energy used by any resort in Las Vegas, and an industry first for a gaming operator in Nevada.
"Nevada is the most dynamic state for renewable energy development, and the opening of the Wynn Solar Facility is a watershed moment for the resort industry," said Erik Hansen, chief sustainability officer for Wynn Resorts, in a statement. "The investment in renewable energy and the integration of energy efficient measures must be a larger part of the way responsible companies conduct business today. Our solar facility proves that integrating large-scale energy efficient measures can be done in a way that benefits the bottom line while also enhancing the guest experience."
The facility is owned and operated by Enel Green Power North America Inc, which signed a PPA with Wynn Las Vegas in January 2018 for energy produced from the Wynn Solar Facility. The facility is a standalone solar photovoltaic project located in Fallon, Nevada, adjacent to the Stillwater geothermal-solar hybrid plant, with which it shares existing connection infrastructure. The Wynn Solar Facility generates up to 27 MWdc of renewable energy to power the resort. The facility will eventually be used to power the resort's new meetings and conventions space expansion, set to open in March 2020, with 100% renewable energy.
Combined with the recently installed solar panels covering 103,000 square feet of Wynn's rooftop, enough renewable energy will be generated to eliminate 33,734 metric tons of CO2 emissions from the environment annually.
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