“The MGM Resorts solar project is a major milestone in the company’s efforts to promote renewable energy generation and reduce dependence on fossil fuel,” said John Vernacchia, global segment manager for renewable energy at Eaton. “By combining the capabilities of Eaton’s proven solar products with Sunora’s system design expertise, the installation will change the way that Las Vegas area produces and consumes electrical energy while providing a regional model that demonstrates the potential of renewable energy generation.”
At peak production, the rooftop installation is expected to produce enough electricity to meet nearly 20% of the Mandalay Bay’s power needs. The renewable energy will lower demand on the local power grid during peak demand, minimize the need to import energy from outside the local system and reduce the cost of energy for Las Vegas area customers.
MGM Resorts selected the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Convention Center for the solar array due to its 20-acre, sun-orientated rooftop space. This is the first commercial solar project in the U.S. for MGM Resorts. Once the project is complete, Mandalay Bay will buy the energy created by the array through a power purchase agreement.
The project will incorporate Eaton’s BOS solutions and engineering services to help support safe, cost-effective and reliable solar generation. Under the contract, Eaton will supply a range of power management solutions, including: medium-voltage switchgear, transformers, switchboards, panel boards, disconnects, strut and cable trays, wire harnesses, as well as start up and commissioning services.