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Why Some Las Vegas Casinos Are Gambling on Solar

MGM Resorts and Wynn Resorts are placing their bets on investments in renewable energy and purchasing their electricity on the open market. More industries in Nevada may follow.
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As the Great Recession sunk its teeth into the U.S., bursting Las Vegas’ housing bubble along the way, MGM Resorts looked into building a large solar array on one of their multiple properties along the Strip.

The company explored seven different partners for the project, including the state power utility, NV Energy. But the utility couldn’t provide the adaptability the casino company desired, according to MGM Resorts Chief Sustainability Officer Cindy Ortega. There was disagreement over control and cost of the equipment, and once installed the solar array would be permanent.