The city government of Las Vegas, Nevada is now running entirely on renewable electricity. This achievement follows a nearly decade-long effort to embrace renewables.
Note: there have been reports that Vegas is now the largest city running on 100% renewable energy, but that’s not true. Though this achievement is great, it only concerns the city government—not everyone living in Las Vegas. Burlington, Vermont remains the largest US city 100% powered by renewable electricity sources—the whole city, not just city government buildings.
Las Vegas' goal was finally achieved with the recent launch of a 100 megawatt solar project in the Eldorado Valley
“Through a combination of direct generation and credits, the city is powering more than 140 facilities, along with streetlights, with renewable sources. The city also generates energy to power on-site facilities with tree-shaped solar panels in the City Hall plaza, solar shade canopies at city parks and solar arrays on roofs and at the wastewater treatment plant.”
Additionally, The Hoover Dam will (for the first time) start supplying the city with hydroelectric power by the end of next year.
The move toward renewable energy production began in Las Vegas in 2008. The city has saved an estimated $5 million per year by shifting to renewable energy.
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