Energy & Water Conservation
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, opened in 2015, made the resort home to the country's third largest rooftop array. The combined arrays generate enough electricity to supply 26 percent of the resort's electricity during peak production.
Although Las Vegas has been called ""an oasis"" in the Mojave Desert, 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.