Two new Nevada solar projects announced this week

Apple will partner with NV Energy in Nevada Green Energy Rider program to build 20 megawatt solar farm in Yerington

“All of Apple’s data centers use 100 percent renewable energy, and we are on track to meet that goal in our new Reno data center using the latest in high-efficiency concentrating solar panels,” Apple said in a statement. “This project will not only supply renewable energy for our data center but also provide clean energy to the local power grid, through a first-of-its-kind partnership with NV Energy.”At the northern end of the state, Apple plans to build a 20 megawatt solar farm to power its new data center complex near Reno.

Apple plans to partner with NV Energy under NV Energy’s new voluntary green energy pricing program – called the Nevada Green Energy Rider (NGR) – that offers options for residential, commercial and industrial customers to meet up to 100% of their electrical needs through purchasing renewable energy.

Apple is expected to take part in the program under a special option that will allow large commercial or industrial customers to enter into special contracts with the utility that would dedicate new or existing renewable power from a specific facility directly to the customer. The solar array will be built next to the Ft. Churchill Generating Station, just north of Yerington.

Reno Gazette Journal article here

6.2 Megawatts on roof of Mandalay Bay

Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, location of new Nevada solar project

Down in Las Vegas, MGM Resorts announced plans to build “one of the largest solar rooftop photovoltaic displays in the world” atop the Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center. The 6.2-megawatt installation will produce around 20% of the resort’s power demand.

“Integrating environmentally responsible practices throughout our operations has been a key pillar in MGM Resorts’ strategic sustainability plan,” said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International. “Partnering with NRG Solar to install the solar rooftop at Mandalay Bay highlights a major milestone in our efforts to promote renewable energy and reduce our consumption of the planet’s limited resources.”

“MGM’s desire to advance environmental stewardship in support of a cleaner future speaks to the quality of the organization. At the same time, it’s an intelligent business decision. The new 20,000 panel solar rooftop array at Mandalay Bay will effectively enable the resort to lock in a substantial component of its energy costs at a very competitive rate,” said Tom Doyle, President and CEO of NRG Solar. “Our expectation is that other corporations will follow thought-leaders like MGM Resorts to protect our planet.”

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