MGM to Blanket Mandalay Bay Convention Center With Solar Panels


During a press conference to preview the National Clean Energy Summit 6.0, set to take place Aug. 13 at Mandalay Bay, the host of the event stole the show. The casino-hotel?s president and COO, Chuck Bowling, announced that parent company MGM Resorts International intends to plaster the roof of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center with a 6.2-megawatt rooftop solar array.

?We are partnering with NRG Solar to build one of the largest contiguous rooftop solar voltaic installations in the world,? Bowling said, adding that it will cover some 20 acres over the 1.7 million-square-foot meeting facility.

MGM expects to finish the project early next year, following a needed renovation of the facility?s roof. Bowling said the company estimates 1,000 jobs will result from construction of the solar array, which at peak production will provide 20 percent of Mandalay Bay?s required energy.

?What?s happening here at Mandalay Bay is part of a wave that?s coming in the future,? said U.S. Senator Harry Reid, also speaking at the conference. ?States will move more rapidly to making solar available for more homes and businesses. Mandalay Bay is setting the standard for limiting our consumption of resources. This is a good day for country and our state.?

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