23 Oct '14, 12am

US Energy Secretary Tours 6.4-MW Rooftop Solar Array in Las Vegas

US Energy Secretary Tours 6.4-MW Rooftop Solar Array in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- With more than 20,000 panels, the largest rooftop solar array in the U.S. (second largest in the world behind a 7.52-MW installation in Punjab, India) is about to be commissioned on top of the Mandalay Bay Convention center in Las Vegas, Nevada. A 6.4-MW solar array, which uses SMA inverters and panels from Hanwha Q CELLS and JA Solar, covers the 20 acres of roofs on the convention center and its neighboring buildings. NRG developed the project and sells the power back to Mandalay for a cost that is “about the same” as the cost that the resort was already paying for electricity, according to Cindy Ortega, MGM Resorts chief sustainability officer. Ortega was among several guests, including U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, who visited the array on Wednesday, the day before the ribbon cutting for the new project. Ortega said that the solar panels will gener...

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