As the sun beat down on a small array of solar panels in front of City Hall today, Mayor Carolyn Goodman announced Las Vegas would be the first city of its size to be powered by 100 percent renewable energy.
The city will expand its partnership with NV Energy to encompass a mix of energy-efficiency programs, a large-scale solar project and purchasing agreement to reach its goal.
The city will make the switch in January 2017, pending approval by the state’s Public Utilities Commission.
“Every city light, city park, community center, fire station and service yard will be 100 percent covered by renewable energy,” Goodman said.
NV Energy CEO Paul Caudill joined Goodman and other local officials in making the announcement. Caudill, who made a similar deal in August with data company Switch, said solar will be the predominant form of renewable energy in the company’s portfolio once the deal takes effect.
The city will be entitled to a portion of energy from a 100 megawatt solar project being built by SunPower near Boulder City in the Eldorado Valley. NV Energy will buy the power from the solar company and transmit it to the city. […]