Solar power is on the rise in Las Vegas, Nevada! In an effort to create more renewable energy sources as well as to stabilize power costs for individuals dealing with sewer fees, city officials are in the midst of adding a 25-acre solar panel project next to the Water Pollution Control Facility on the east side of town, near Vegas Valley Road and Nellis Boulevard. Once finished it will be able to generate a significant amount of energy for the pollution control facility.
“Solar technology is changing so fast. It’s really pretty incredible,” said John Bettencourt, manager of the photovoltaic project under construction.
Funded by the Las Vegas Sanitary Sewer Enterprise Fund, the $19.7 million project is the largest of its kind for a municipal government, projected to generate about 20 percent of the power required by the neighboring water pollution facility. Since the initial installations have gone so quickly, it’s expected that the project will be online by the end of this year.
This new solar project is just the latest in a series of projects local governments in Nevada have implemented to reduce energy costs, going even beyond solar with new lighting technology or conservation efforts that involve street lights, traffic lights, buildings, ball parks and more.
According to CBS News, this project is also part of the city’s Sustainability Initiative, designed to combine with other energy-saving measures to save the city more than $2.5 million per year.