The city that never sleeps has just announced the formation of a new partnership with NV Energy that will allow for a local large-scale solar facility to power the City of Las Vegas’ retail load on one hundred percent sustainable power.
That will certainly reverberate throughout the rest of the world as a leading example in the clean energy revolution. NV Energy is a public utility company that distributes electrical power to the southern Nevada region and the Las Vegas Valley.
“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 about 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.”
This would mark a significant achievement moving forward and would surely entice other cities in North America and hopefully, around the world, to do the same. Especially following the COP21 Paris World Climate Summit, many cities are already eager to adopt new regulations or secure business deals that will allow them to contribute to less carbon emissions and more efficient energy use.
Las Vegas is not the first to do so. Just a couple weeks ago, it was reported that Uruguay now relies on 95% clean energy, using sources such as hydroelectricity, biomass, turbines, and wind power and has clearly shown the world that is not that big of a challenge to make the necessary changes and adjust. Their clean energy policy was introduced by the government in 2008 and has also demonstrated to the world that inflation should not deter other nations to follow in their footsteps as consumers have observed that pricing is still maintained to be competitive.
In the case of Las Vegas, a 100 megawatt solar power plant, which is currently under development in the Eldorado Valley of Boulder City, Nevada, will be capable of helping the city reach its 100 percent sustainability goal without any issues. By innovatively using the arid and hot desert climate as a means to profit from energy savings, Las Vegas is demonstrated an excellent attitude in moving forward to help tackle the global warming problem in a concrete way.
As Paul Caudill, the president and chief executive officer of NV Energy stated, many world-acclaimed businesses in the area including: MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, Las Vegas Sands, and Switch are joining in as they are seeing unaffected rates at the consumer level and a great opportunity to hop on the bandwagon.
This initiative will also drive the market in a very significant way, to lower costs for clean energy technologies, tools, and products for the average customer or owner. It is a great time to take advantage of the federal investments in the United States from the Department of Energy in order to upgrade existing infrastructure to green buildings that can solely rely on renewable energy sources.
In a city where the energy use is clearly rampant and constant around the clock due to the booming tourism sector, Las Vegas will serve as an example to other major North American cities such as New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Boston, Los Angeles, and more. As the mayor stated, the city clearly wants the world to know that despite what wasteful preconceptions may exist about them, the city is adamant about committing to clean energy goals.
This puts our own Toronto into the spotlight as one of the greenest cities in North America. With the new Liberal government in power, it would be interesting to see some of the clean energy funds from Prime Minister’s Trudeau’s promises come to light as he made stage at the Paris Climate Summit with “Canada is back.”
At the end of the day, I believe this will likely be the case and will encourage smaller developing nations to follow suite and help slow down some of the global warming effects already presently visible in our planet.