21 Dec Las Vegas to be powered fully by renewable energy
The city of Las Vegas has become the largest U.S city to be run entirely from renewable energy sources.
All 140 of the city’s municipal facilities, including government buildings and street lights are now powered from green energy, following the inauguration of Boulder Solar 1 in the south east corner of Nevada.
This decade-long goal of 100% renewable energy has been achieved following a partnership with NV Energy, announced in 2015. The public utility company played a crucial role in the city’s push towards zero reliance on carbon based energy.
Mayor Carolyn Goodman said: “We can brag that the city, this city of Las Vegas, is one of the few cities in the entire world that can boast using all of its power from a green source.”
City government facilities receive energy from a combination of renewable sources including geothermal and solar plants, along with hydroelectric plants, notably the Hoover Dam.
This renewable energy scheme will save the city US$5 million a year, with many hotels and casinos looking to follow suit in the near future, according to a report in the Las Vegas Review Journal.