What Would Happen If All The Las Vegas Hotels Installed Solar Panels?

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In October it was announced by MGM Resorts and NRG that the largest solar PV array had been installed on the roof of the Mandalay Bay convention center in Las Vegas. The 6.4 megawatt photovoltaic array covered approximately 900,000 sq.ft. and will produce enough electricity to power 1,000 U.S. homes annually. This got us thinking about the potential for solar power generation at some of the other mega hotel properties that line Las Vegas Blvd. Using satellite imagery and the data released for the Mandalay Bay array we ranked the other hotel properties for their solar potential. We took into account areas where solar panels could not be installed including decorative roofs, locations with equipment, and areas that are shaded by other properties. We estimate the potential for the major casinos to create a total of 42.6 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 7,107 homes per year.

Caesars Palace
Solar Area = 992,000 sq.ft.
Electricity Generation = 7.0 megawatts
Number of U.S. Homes Powered Annually = 1147

caesars palace roof

Venetian/Palazzo
Solar Area = 900,000 sq.ft.
Electricity Generation = 6.4 megawatts
Number of U.S. Homes Powered Annually = 1000

Mirage
Solar Area = 670,000 sq.ft.
Electricity Generation = 4.7 megawatts
Number of U.S. Homes Powered Annually = 770

Rio
Solar Area = 615,000 sq.ft.
Electricity Generation = 4.3 megawatts
Number of U.S. Homes Powered Annually = 704

rio hotel roof

MGM Grand
Solar Area = 500,000 sq.ft.
Electricity Generation = 3.5 megawatts
Number of U.S. Homes Powered Annually = 573

Wynn/Encore
Solar Area = 400,000 sq.ft.
Electricity Generation = 2.8 megawatts
Number of U.S. Homes Powered Annually = 459

Bellagio
Solar Area = 398,750 sq.ft.
Electricity Generation = 2.8 megawatts
Number of U.S. Homes Powered Annually = 458

bellagio roof

Aria
Solar Area = 205,625 sq.ft.
Electricity Generation = 1.9 megawatts
Number of U.S. Homes Powered Annually = 310

Flamingo
Solar Area = 170,000 sq.ft.
Electricity Generation = 1.2 megawatts
Number of U.S. Homes Powered Annually = 196

Monte Carlo
Solar Area = 168,000 sq.ft.
Electricity Generation = 1.2 megawatts
Number of U.S. Homes Powered Annually = 196

monte carlo roof

Palms
Solar Area = 160,000 sq.ft.
Electricity Generation = 1.1 megawatts
Number of U.S. Homes Powered Annually = 180

Planet Hollywood
Solar Area = 160,000 sq.ft.
Electricity Generation = 1.1 megawatts
Number of U.S. Homes Powered Annually = 180

Ballys
Solar Area = 140,000 sq.ft.
Electricity Generation = 1.0 megawatts
Number of U.S. Homes Powered Annually = 163

Paris
Solar Area = 140,000 sq.ft.
Electricity Generation = 1.0 megawatts
Number of U.S. Homes Powered Annually = 163

paris hotel roof

Mandarin Oriental
Solar Area = 98,400 sq.ft.
Electricity Generation = 0.7 megawatts
Number of U.S. Homes Powered Annually = 114

Excalibur
Solar Area = 89,700 sq.ft.
Electricity Generation = 0.6 megawatts
Number of U.S. Homes Powered Annually = 105

Cosmopolitan
Solar Area = 87,000 sq.ft.
Electricity Generation = 0.6 megawatts
Number of U.S. Homes Powered Annually = 105

Treasure Island
Solar Area = 80,000 sq.ft.
Electricity Generation = 0.5 megawatts
Number of U.S. Homes Powered Annually = 82

Tropicana
Solar Area = 80,000 sq.ft.
Electricity Generation = 0.5 megawatts
Number of U.S. Homes Powered Annually = 82

tropicana roof

New York – New York
Solar Area = 62,500 sq.ft.
Electricity Generation = 0.4 megawatts
Number of U.S. Homes Powered Annually = 65

Luxor
Solar Area = 48,000 sq.ft.
Electricity Generation = 0.3 megawatts
Number of U.S. Homes Powered Annually = 55

Looking at the numbers, the properties with the most solar potential are those with large event centers that have flat, open roofs that are unobstructed from shading. With 292 sunny days each year it comes as no surprise that Las Vegas holds incredible potential for solar electricity generation. Solar technology has finally reached a turning point where the savings can outweigh the costs. MGM Resorts and Mandalay Bay have taken the first steps forward toward a more renewable future. We hope that the other hotels will see the light and then capture it, and follow in their footsteps.

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