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Wynn Las Vegas Considers Solar A Sure Bet

Wynn Las Vegas has announced the resort will power its planned multi-use development, Paradise Park, with 100% renewable energy sourced from a new 160-acre solar energy facility, making it one of the most environmentally conscious planned developments in Las Vegas.

Under the terms of a power purchase agreement with developer Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA), Wynn Las Vegas will begin receiving power in the first half of 2018, which will be used to offset up to 75% of the resort’s current peak power requirements until the Paradise Park development opens. Wynn Las Vegas claims this is the largest percentage of renewable energy used by any resort in Las Vegas and an industry first for a gaming operator in Nevada.

“The use of renewable energy is a significant part of the future management of our energy needs in all Wynn developments,” says Steve Wynn, chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts. “We welcome every opportunity to protect and enhance our environment, save money and serve our guests and employees.”

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Owned and operated by EGPNA, the Wynn Solar Facility is a stand-alone solar photovoltaic project located in Fallon, Nev., adjacent to the existing Stillwater hybrid facility, and it will share the existing connection infrastructure with the geothermal-solar hybrid plant. The Wynn Solar Facility is expected to generate up to 27 MW-DC of renewable energy, equivalent to 20 MW-AC, to power the resort. The project is currently under construction and slated for completion in the first half of this year.

“We have clinched a breakthrough partnership that further reinforces Enel Green Power’s expertise to provide attractive solutions tailored to our clients’ energy needs,” says Antonio Cammisecra, head of Enel’s global renewable energies division, Enel Green Power. “We are extremely pleased about Wynn’s support of renewable energy and look forward to a long-term partnership that will continue to position Nevada as a hub of clean energy excellence.”

With this new renewable energy resource offsetting such a sizable percentage of Wynn’s peak power needs, the resort claims it will far exceed requirements outlined in the Nevada renewable portfolio standard.

“Nevada is the national leader in geothermal and solar generation per capita, and our gaming and tourism industries are second to none,” says Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval. “The partnership between Enel Green Power and Wynn’s Paradise Park is the merging of the Silver State’s growing renewable energy industry and gaming, one of our state’s oldest industries. This is a meaningful step in Nevada’s energy future, and I am grateful that these companies worked together to use the state’s renewable energy resources for the benefit of Nevada companies and our environment.”

Combined with the recently installed solar panels covering 103,000 square feet of Wynn’s rooftop, the resort says enough renewable energy will be generated to power 5,056 homes and eliminate 33,734 metric tons of CO2 emissions from the environment annually.

Wynn Las Vegas adds it is committed to increasing sustainable design practices, creating and sourcing renewable energy, and exceeding LEED Gold Building Certification standards for projects in Las Vegas, as well as Wynn Boston Harbor, currently under construction in Everett, Mass.

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