Las Vegas officials will celebrate the completion of a $6.8 million project to install energy efficient solar carports at seven city facilities on Monday, April 18, at 10:30 a.m. at Mirabelli Community Center located at 6200 Hargrove Ave. Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman and Ward 1 Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian will be joined by NV Energy representatives as they cut a ribbon to officially mark the completion of the project at one of the facilities that received the new panels.
NV Energy officials will present the city with a rebate check for $3.2 million in recognition of the city’s work to install energy efficient solar panels in the parking areas at the following locations:
• Mirabelli Community Center
• Centennial Hills Community Center
• Durango Hills Community Center
• East Las Vegas Community Senior Center
• Veteran’s Memorial Community Center
• All American Park
• Ed Fountain Park
Approximately 74 direct jobs were either created or retained as a result of this project, which was funded by federal grants and the NV Energy rebate. The city will save money on energy costs as a result of this project, with the solar panels providing anywhere from 30 percent to 60 percent of the total energy demand at each facility.
These seven carport projects are part of a citywide solar covered parking plan that includes constructing nearly 1.8 megawatts of solar covered parking at various city facilities. The citywide plan for solar carports equates to generating enough electricity to power approximately 260 homes and reduce the city’s carbon footprint by more than 2,000 metric tons.
The solar parking plan, combined with separate renewable energy installations at the city’s wastewater treatment plant, will provide clean, renewable energy equal to 11 percent of all the energy used at city facilities.