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MGM Adds 27 Charging Stations for Electric Cars

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Casino giant MGM Resorts International wants you to be able to charge your electric car while you gamble.

The company is installing 27 car charging stations at nine Las Vegas casinos, and at its corporate offices. The stations will free to use.

Chief Sustainability Officer Cindy Ortega says the company wants to make it easy for patrons to continue their sustainable habits while they use the hotel-casinos.

MGM has already installed charging stations at Mandalay Bay and MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip. The company expects to install the rest of the stations later this month.


Solar Energy to Power Iconic Las Vegas Welcome Sign

Solar Energy to Power Iconic Las Vegas Welcome Sign

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Officials in Las Vegas are harnessing the power of the sun to light the city's iconic welcome sign.

Elected officials and project leaders flipped a switch Wednesday linking solar panels on 25-foot towers to the glittering neon "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign.

The project was headed by the Green Chips and Clean Energy Project nonprofit organizations, and funded by the Consumer Electronics Association, electric utility NV Energy, the Las Vegas Centennial Commission and Bombard Renewable Energy.

The new power source is the latest upgrade for the sign designed by Betty Willis and installed in 1959 in a traffic median on the Las Vegas Strip.

A parking lot for private vehicles and tour buses was expanded in 2012 to make access to the sign safer for picture-takers.

Solar Power Coming to Las Vegas Sign

Solar Power Coming to Las Vegas Sign

The iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is starting a new era.

On Monday, Clark County broke ground on a solar tree to power the sign. The legendary neon lights will soon run off southern Nevada's abundant sun.

Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani says it is an opportunity to send a message to the world.

"We want to use this as a way to show America, and Europe and Asia that we believe in green energy that we have the most sun in the world that we should be capitalizing on," Giunchigliani said.

A coalition of groups, including the Clean Energy Project, Bombard Renewable and NV Energy helped pay for the solar tree. When the project is finished, there will be three trees collecting the six to eight kilowatts need to power the sign.

Welcome Sign Will Soon Be Solar Powered

Welcome Sign Will Soon Be Solar Powered

The iconic Welcome to Las Vegas sign is going green, not the color, but the concept.

The Clark County Commission voted Tuesday to allow a company to make the sign solar-powered.

In the presentation, Green Chips told the commissioners that installing the solar trees to power the sign will not cost the county any money.

Instead, the company will rely on donations from the Consumer Electronics Association and NV Energy, as well as, a grant from the Las Vegas Centennial History grant program.

The solar trees will be installed behind the sign. So, it will look the same as it did when it was first installed on the Las Vegas Strip in 1959.

There will be a public display explaining how the renewable energy system works. The solar power should be flowing to the sign by early next year.


Las Vegas Resort Planning Rooftop Solar Power Array

Las Vegas Resort Planning Rooftop Solar Power Array

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A casino company is marking a visit to Las Vegas by federal officials with an announcement about a rooftop solar array at a Strip hotel that will host a National Clean Energy Summit next month.

MGM Resorts International officials announced Tuesday that the planned 6.2 megawatt rooftop installation at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center could begin operating next year.

It should be able to generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 1,000 homes.

MGM Resorts is partnering with a subsidiary of publicly traded NRG Energy Inc. on the project.

Cost and construction dates weren't immediately disclosed.

The announcement was made during a visit by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell with Democratic U.S. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada in advance of the sixth annual National Clean Energy Summit on Aug. 13.


Travel Website Recognizes Green Efforts by MGM

Travel Website Recognizes Green Efforts by MGM


One of the largest travel websites has cited twelve of MGM Resorts International properties in Las Vegas for their environmental practices.

TripAdvisor has recognized green efforts by Circus Circus Las Vegas, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, Monte Carlo, Bellagio, MGM Grand, the Mirage and New York - New York.

The website gave its highest designation to Aria Resort & Casino and Vdara Hotel & Spa. It lauded MGM Resorts for its efforts to use sustainable practices.

The awards are part of the websites new GreenLeaders program, which allows people searching for a hotel to see the green efforts by more than 1,000 properties around the world.  

According to TripAdvisor, 79 percent of travelers place a high importance on destinations using eco-friendly practices.