Las Vegas, the capital of entertainment and gambling, is now officially powered by renewable energy. The announcement comes directly by the local authority in December: the city that never sleeps, surely, will not give up flashy lights that characterize roads and local but at least the excessive consumption will be mitigated by the use of green energy.
During a press conference, indeed, the Mayor Carolyn Goodman explained that the city now uses only renewable energy (solar, wind and geothermal) to meet the energy consumption of institutional buildings and power the public lighting. An aim that is the result of a transition path from traditional power plants to those powered by renewable energy lasted 10 years but which led, one year ago, a partnership with NV Energy, a public utility company.
The electricity needed to meet the energy consumption of the city comes from local sources. In particular, Las Vegas can count on clean energy provided by geothermal plants and solar panels installed in the area and on the electricity generated by the photovoltaic power station Boulder Solar 1, located in the Southeast of the State of Nevada. The path to renewable began in 2008 and since then the city has saved about 5 million dollar per year, reducing more than 30% the energy consumption. Las Vegas is the largest US city to use only green energy but other realities such as San Francisco, San Jose in California, and Grand Rapids in Michigan have already announced plans to reach 100% renewable energy by 2035.