NRG Energy and MGM Resorts International teamed up to unveil the installation of the world’s largest rooftop solar array on a convention center.
Covering approximately 20 acres atop the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, the 6.4 megawatt (MW dc) [5.0 megawatt ac (MW ac)] photovoltaic array will produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of approximately 1,000 U.S. homes annually and is the first of its kind on the Las Vegas Strip.
MGM Resorts and NRG also plan to build an additional 2 MW dc (1.5 MW ac) photovoltaic array atop a future expansion of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, scheduled to begin construction later this year.
Once completed, the combined solar installation is expected to provide pricing stability and reduce energy draw from the southern Nevada grid during the hottest time of the day, which also is peak electricity demand. The project is estimated to displace approximately 6,300 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is the equivalent of taking more than 1,300 cars off the road.
NRG financed, constructed, owns and operates the installation for MGM Resorts at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), Mandalay Bay Resort will purchase all the electricity generated by both solar arrays.
With the merger of Tradeshows And Displays and Plum Grove, we can also boast about significant green practices! Our facility in Hoffman Estates is powered by wind-generated electricity from Community Energy, a clean energy company founded in 1999.
We also support an extensive recycling program that includes paper products, plastic, aluminum and other metals. In addition, we use eco-friendly and recycled papers, and soy inks on our offset presses. Similarly, two of our large-format printers use water-based latex ink, which is friendlier to the environment than the solvent inks we used previously – zero VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and zero fumes. And finally, one of our fabrics in particular is made of recycled plastic water bottles. Not bad, eh?
How about that: Purchase your displays, graphics and printed materials from an environmentally friendly print shop, then exhibit at a solar-powered venue!
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