Wynn Resorts has begun drawing power from renewable energy sources, following the opening of its new Wynn Solar Facility on Saturday June 2.

The 160 acre project is to aid Wynn’s Las Vegas commercial operation, offsetting up to 75 per cent of its current peak power requirements, which the company states is “the largest percentage of renewable energy used by any resort in Las Vegas.”

The facility, located almost 400 miles from the strip in the city of Fallon, is to eventually be used to power the new billion dollar Paradise Park development, containing new meetings and conventions spaces, which is slated to open in March 2020 with one hundred per cent renewable energy.

Erik Hansen, chief sustainability officer for Wynn Resorts, commented: “Nevada is the most dynamic state for renewable energy development, and the opening of the Wynn Solar Facility is a watershed moment for the resort industry.

“The investment in renewable energy and the integration of energy efficient measures must be a larger part of the way responsible companies conduct business today.

“Our solar facility proves that integrating large-scale energy efficient measures can be done in a way that benefits the bottom line while also enhancing the guest experience.”  

The Wynn Solar Facility is owned and operated by Enel Green Power North America Inc, with it also detailed that through its renewable energy resource offsetting “the resort will far exceed requirements outlined in the Nevada Renewable Portfolio Standard.”

This latest move combines with recent installation of 103,000 square feet of solar panels on the Wynn Las Vegas rooftop, producing enough renewable energy to power 5,056 homes, whilst eliminating 33,734 metric tons of CO2 emissions from the environment annually.

This is latest move by Las Vegas properties to reduce their carbon footprint, with MGM Resorts International revealing its initiative to go green earlier this year in partnership with Chicago-based Invenergy.

The MGM-Invenergy Solar Project, located 25 miles north of Las Vegas, aims to be operational by the end of 2020, and will help power the company’s 13 properties dotted down the famous strip.