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The new mega solar array is the hospitality industry's largest directly sourced renewable electricity project worldwide. MGM Resorts aims to source 100%
renewable electricity in US and 80% globally by 2030.
This week, MGM Resorts International
launched its 100-megawatt solar array, the hospitality industry's largest
directly sourced renewable electricity project worldwide. The array's clean
energy now produces up to 90 percent of MGM Resorts' Las Vegas daytime power
needs, spanning 65 million square feet of buildings across 13 properties and
more than 36,000 rooms on the Las Vegas Strip — including ARIA,
Bellagio, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, The Mirage, New
York New York and Park
"With MGM Resorts' significant scale and resources, we're positioned to make a
meaningful difference in the fight against climate change, and we recognize our
responsibility to build a more environmentally sustainable future," said CEO and
President Bill Hornbuckle. "Today, we're marking a significant step forward
in our environmental sustainability initiatives in Las Vegas and our long-term
vision to protect the planet and achieve an enduring, positive impact in our
In conjunction with the City of Las Vegas’ own shift toward renewables to help rein in the tourist mecca's flagrant resource consumption,
the launch of the new mega solar array marks a milestone in MGM’s long-term
climate strategy and significantly accelerates progress toward its 2025 goal to
reduce its emissions by 45 percent per square foot. MGM Resorts also announced
two new goals it has developed in line with guidance provided by the Science
Based Targets initiative, and has submitted for SBTi consideration:
Reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 50 percent by 2030 (2019 base year)
Source 100 percent renewable electricity in US and 80 percent globally by 2030
"MGM Resorts has long been Nevada's largest private employer and has shown a
clear commitment to using their size and scale to lead on important issues like
climate change, renewable energy and sustainability,” said Nevada Governor
Steve Sisolak. “This solar array is among the most significant steps our
industry has taken in terms of tackling climate change and promoting renewable
energy. Powering so much of the Strip with clean, renewable energy sends a
powerful message about Nevada's role as a national leader in renewable energy
and our commitment to fighting climate change."
Located in the desert north of Las Vegas, MGM's Mega Solar Array features
323,000 panels arranged across 640 acres. The array's renewable electricity
production will be equivalent to the amount of power used by approximately
27,000 average US homes annually. MGM Resorts is the sole user of the renewable
The array's development and launch are the latest of MGM’s efforts to achieve
its long-term climate goals. The company’s commitments to date include:
Investing over $60 million in energy efficiency in its US properties from
2007 to 2019, including major upgrades to energy-efficient lighting and
heating and air conditioning systems.
Pursuing green building certification for all new property developments
— home to the ARIA and Vdara resorts — earned six
LEED Gold certifications when it opened in
2009 and remains the world's largest privately funded LEED-certified
Launching the 8.3-megawatt array, the US’s largest contiguous rooftop solar array on a convention center, at Mandalay Bay in 2015.
Transitioning to distribution-only service in its local utility grid in
2016, allowing MGM Resorts to take control of its energy future and
accelerate use of renewable power.
The Mega Solar Array project was developed in partnership with
Invenergy — a leading, privately held developer and
operator of sustainable energy solutions — and structured through a 20-year
power purchase agreement.
Through this 100-megawatt array and MGM Resorts' ambitious new goals, the
company reinforces its commitment to its companywide social impact and
sustainability platform, Focused on What
— whose pillars include fostering diversity and inclusion, investing in
communities and protecting the planet.
Published Jul 2, 2021 2pm EDT / 11am PDT / 7pm BST / 8pm CEST