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MGM Resorts Launches 100 Mega Watt Solar Array
We take great pride in being a global leader in the battle against climate change. That’s why we’re proud to announce the launch of MGM Resorts’ Mega Solar Array—the hospitality industry’s largest directly sourced renewable electricity project worldwide. The Array’s clean energy now produces up to 90% of MGM Resorts’ Las Vegas day time power needs and marks a milestone in our long-term climate strategy.
Facts About the Solar Array
100 Megawatts, 323,000 solar panels
The MGM Resorts Mega Solar Array has an installed capacity of 100 megawatts (MW) enabled by 323,000 solar panels approximately 7 feet by 3 feet in dimension.
It is forecast to generate approximately 300,000 megawatt hours (MWh), approximately 35% of MGM’s annual electricity use in Las Vegas.
Hospitality industry’s largest directly sourced renewable electricity project worldwide
Solar power generated at the array feeds directly onto the local Southern Nevada grid.
100% of this solar power is scheduled for exclusive use by MGM Resorts properties in Las Vegas.
Up to 90% of MGM Las Vegas daytime power needs
On a hot day in spring or summer, the MGM Resorts Mega Solar Array will produce up to 90% of the daytime power needs of MGM Resorts’ entire Las Vegas portfolio, spanning 65 million square feet of buildings across 13 properties and more than 36,000 rooms.
This is equivalent to the power used by approximately 27,000 average U.S. homes annually.
Utility-Scale Power Purchase Agreement Power (PPA)
The project was announced in 2018 and developed as a partnership with Invenergy, a leading developer of renewable energy projects. MGM purchases all the power through a utility-scale PPA.
In 2021 Invenergy sold a majority interest in the array to AEP Renewables, a subsidiary of American Electric Power.
On 640 acres of land designated for solar power
The array is located 30 miles from the Las Vegas strip in the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone (SEZ) in Dry Lake Valley, Nevada a semiarid basin with previously undeveloped scrubland.
Environmental impacts to the landscape and biodiversity were carefully managed during construction.
A major milestone in MGM’s long-term climate strategy
In 2016, we decided to transition to distribution-only service from our local utility grid, mainly so we could take control of our energy future and accelerate use of renewable power.
The opening of the MGM Resorts Mega Solar Array is a direct outcome of our decision and marks a milestone moment in our long-term climate strategy.
New ambition on carbon reduction, aligned with U.S. Federal goals
In 2017 MGM Resorts committed to reducing our scope one and two greenhouse gas emissions* per square foot by 45% by 2025 and 50% by 2030, both with a 2007 base year.
Coinciding with the opening of the MGM Resorts Mega Solar Array, we are announcing two new goals that align with new U.S. Federal goals to reduce absolute emissions by 50%-52% by 2030 (2015 base year).
MGM Resorts commits to:
Reduce absolute scope one and two greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030 (2019 base year).
Source 100% renewable electricity in the U.S. and 80% globally by 2030.
These two new goals were developed in line with guidance provided by the Science-based Targets Initiative, and have been submitted by MGM Resorts for consideration by the Initiative.
Increased ambition of our 2030 absolute reduction target vs. our prior square foot-based goal
In 2019, our absolute scope one and two emissions globally were 938,044 metric tons CO2 equivalent (mtCO2e). Achieving our new 50% absolute reduction target would bring these emissions down to 469,022 mtCO2e by 2030.
Our prior 2030 goal was to reduce scope one and two emissions by 50% per square foot from our 2007 baseline of 30.2 pounds CO2 equivalent per square foot (lbs CO2e/sf) down to 15.1 lbs CO2e/sf by 2030.
In-and-of-itself the MGM Resorts Mega Solar Array takes us a long way to our 2030 square foot goal; our new absolute reduction target requires significant new investment in energy efficiency and renewable electricity by MGM.
*Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from owned or controlled sources such as natural gas used in onsite boilers, or diesel for vehicles.
Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy.