LAS VEGAS — The city of Las Vegas and NV Energy have announced a new partnership that, upon approval of a filing to the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada and ratification by the Las Vegas City Council, will dedicate to city operations a portion of energy produced by a local solar facility currently in development. The energy dedicated from this solar facility, coupled with the power the city receives from NV Energy that already satisfies the state’s renewable portfolio standard, would allow the city of Las Vegas’ retail load to be served 100 percent by renewable energy.

“This partnership is going to be a sustainability game changer for our city,” said Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman. “One thing people are surprised by is how environmentally conscious Las Vegas is when all they know appears to be less than sustainable. However, we are proud to join other community and business leaders who are all leaders in conservation. If the approvals happen we will become the first city of our size in the nation to achieve 100 percent renewable energy for city operations.”

The solar facility that will be initially supporting the city’s 100 percent renewable energy goal is the 100-megawatt Boulder Solar power plant currently under development in the Eldorado Valley of Boulder City, Nevada.

“We are proud to partner with the city of Las Vegas to help them meet their sustainability goals while developing Nevada’s renewable energy resources,” said Paul Caudill, NV Energy president and chief executive officer. “Mayor Goodman and the city join other major customers like MGM Resorts, Station Casinos, Boyd Gaming, Caesars Entertainment, Wynn Resorts, Las Vegas Sands, and Switch in the drive toward a green energy future. Importantly, new solar projects are also exceptionally competitive, and will not impact customer rates.”

Switch, the developer of SUPERNAP data centers, is a leader in data center architecture, engineering, and technology. Both Switch and the city of Las Vegas are partnering with NV Energy.

“Having the city of Las Vegas join Switch in becoming the first two entities in southern Nevada to become 100 percent renewably powered sends a powerful statement to the rest of the world,” said Adam Kramer, executive vice president of strategy for Switch. “Whether businesses are looking for a place to relocate, host a convention, or place their data, Las Vegas’ commitment to sustainability makes those decisions much easier.”

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Publication date: 12/8/2015

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