Vegas hotel bets on solar power

– As the sun sets on Las
Vegas, the city comes to light. The neon glow of the famous
strip burns so brightly, it's visible from space. But does most the
luminous place on Earth lose its luster when it comes
to environmental credentials. Apparently not. Now Las Vegas has this
reputation of the glitz and the glamor, the excess
and the extravagance. But over the past few years,
that is starting to change.

No longer satisfied with
gambling on our planet's future, Las Vegas has
decided to throw in its cards and commit to a greener future. Here at the Mandalay
Bay resort and casino, 25% percent of its energy
that powers this vast resort comes from the cleanest
energy under the sun. But, to see that
in action, we need to head to the roof of this
hotel and wait until daytime. The solar power
harvested 365 days a year by an array of
28,000 solar panels. – Well, we get 8
and 1/2 megawatts. But that doesn't really
mean much to most people.

So if you put it
in terms of homes, you could power 1,700 homes
with the amount of power that comes off that array every day. We do a lot of things
in Las Vegas that are behind the scenes and don't
detract from the guests' fun, and enjoyment, and excitement
they have here but are very environmentally friendly. – When you decided to
invest in these panels, was it because of
the environment, or was it actually a
good business investment? – Things start with a
good business investment in every corporation. That it wasn't that we invested
because of the environment. It's that we persevered
because of the environment. – And are other hotels
following in your footsteps, or are you the sort
of trailblazers in Las Vegas for doing this. – Well, we like to
think that we're trailblazers because we
have been early adopters of many things in Las Vegas.

We hope that Las Vegas
can be an example. Wouldn't that be a surprise,
if it was an example in leading the way in cities
in the United States to be the most environmentally
proficient that they can..

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