Energy & Water Conservation

Showcasing the Power of Solar Energy

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.

Saving Water in the Mojave Desert

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.

Key Facts

Over the past five years, MGM Resorts International has completed energy conservation efforts in resorts that have cumulatively saved 194M kWh of electricity and 239,000 MMBtu of natural gas, enough energy to equal the annual usage of 23,000 average U.S. homes.

  • Electricity Usage: In the past five years, we have saved 194 million kWh, excluding CityCenter.
  • Water Usage: 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.

Bringing Life to the Desert

Mandalay Bay's Shark Reef Aquarium showcases and cares for several endangered or threatened species, such as Komodo dragons, green sea turtles and zebra sharks. All major displays are energy-efficient as a result of using VFD motors and LED lighting.

"Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay is committed to sustainability in multiple ways; from reducing our energy and water use, to educating schoolchildren on the importance of the oceans, to contributing to sustainable populations of sharks, rays and Komodo dragons through our breeding programs."

Adrienne Rowland
Director of Animal Care at Mandalay Bay Shark Reef