Mandalay Bay // (c) 2013 MGM Resorts International
Mandalay Bay // (c) 2013 MGM Resorts International

Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center in Las Vegas has recently announced it will install of one of the largest rooftop solar photovoltaic arrays in the world. In cooperation with NRG Solar, the resort’s 6.2-megawatt installation–MGM Resorts International’s first commercial solar project in the United States–will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 1,000 homes.

Mandalay Bay // (c) 2013 MGM Resorts International
Mandalay Bay // (c) 2013 MGM Resorts International

At peak production, the rooftop array is expected to produce nearly 20 percent of the Mandalay Bay’s power demand, which will result in a lower demand on the southern Nevada electricity grid at the hottest time of the day, decreasing the need to import energy from outside the local energy system thus reducing energy costs for the entire Las Vegas system.

“Integrating environmentally responsible practices throughout our operations has been a key pillar in MGM Resorts’ strategic sustainability plan,” said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts nexium over the counter price International. “Partnering with NRG Solar to install the solar rooftop at Mandalay Bay highlights a major milestone in our efforts to promote renewable energy and reduce our consumption of the planet’s limited resources.”

MGM Resorts chose the Mandalay Bay Resort Conference and Convention Center for its new solar array due to its large sun-oriented rooftop space, which spans roughly 20 acres. Once the project, custom designed and developed by NRG Solar, is completed, Mandalay Bay will buy the energy created by the array though a power purchase agreement (PPA).

MGM Resorts has made great strides in reducing its natural resource consumption through its Green Advantage sustainability initiatives. Over the past five years, the company has reduced its energy intensity by more than 12 percent, and has also saved a total of more than 2.5 billion gallons of water.