In 2014, MGM Resorts in partnership with NRG Renew, one of the nation’s largest solar energy developers, installed a 6.4MW solar photovoltaic (PV) array on the rooftop of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, spanning 20 acres. It has offset peak electricity demands by as much as 20 percent – enough to power 1,000 homes for a year. This monumental project has paved the way for future PV installations across the Las Vegas hospitality industry.
In our dedication to continue the growth of renewable energy across our portfolio, MGM Resorts has committed to install 2MW of solar PV on the upcoming Mandalay Bay Convention Center expansion. The addition, opening in 2015, will make the resort home to the country’s third largest rooftop array. The combined arrays will generate enough electricity to supply 26 percent of the resort’s electricity during peak production.
Saving Water in the Mojave Desert
Although Las Vegas has been called "an oasis" in the Mojave Desert, the MGM Grand Las Vegas has been dedicated to the conservation of water, the world’s most precious natural resource, for many years. The property has implemented efforts to reduce exterior water usage by converting natural grass surfaces to water-efficient desert landscaping and artificial turf.
In 2014, MGM Grand enhanced its usage of on-site well water to reduce its dependence on water from local Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the country, in terms of capacity. Today, 100 percent of property exterior irrigation and 60 percent of property cooling tower water needs are provided by well water sources. Last year alone, these efforts contributed to reducing consumption of water from the reservoir by 21 million gallons.
In 2014, we recycled 56 thousand tons and achieved a 47 percent diversion rate.
In the past five years, we have saved 194 million kWh, excluding CityCenter.
In the past five years, we have saved 794 million gallons of water, excluding CityCenter.
Natural Gas Usage:
In the past five years, we have saved 239 thousand MMBtu, excluding CityCenter.
Executive Chef, MGM Grand Las Vegas
“At MGM Grand Las Vegas, we not only value our guests but also our planet. We have successfully implemented various energy and water saving initiatives throughout our operations. For example, to minimize water waste we have implemented food thawing procedures and installed low-flow equipment.”
In 2013, MGM Resorts announced plans to install one of the largest contiguous rooftop solar photovoltaic arrays in the world at the Mandalay Bay Resort Conference and Convention Center. The installation will result in more than 20,000 solar panels across the currently existing 20 acres of rooftop surface.
In partnership with NRG Energy, a national solar energy developer, the 6.2-megawatt array is expected to generate 10.5 million kWh annually. This is enough electricity to power the equivalent of 1,000 average U.S. homes.
At peak production, the array is expected to produce nearly 20 percent of the resort’s power demand while helping to alleviate demand on the southern Nevada energy grid.