Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, Ward 3 Councilman Bob Coffin and officials from NV Energy will celebrate the completion of an $8.2 million project to install energy efficient solar panels at 16 city facilities at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20. The event will take place at the new City Hall under construction at 495 S. Main Street, between Main and First Streets and Lewis and Clark Avenues, one block north of Bonneville Avenue. The new City Hall is the site of one of the more innovative solar panel projects that was recently completed with 33 “solar trees” that are located at the front of the building.
The “solar trees” at the new City Hall are pole-mounted solar panels that will shade the plaza in front of City Hall and artistically demonstrate the city’s commitment to renewable energy. The solar trees and solar panels on the roof at the new City Hall are expected to generate roughly 300,000 kilowatt hours each year.
NV Energy officials will present the city with a rebate check for $4.4 million in recognition of the city’s work to install energy efficient solar panels at the following locations:
• At the new City Hall, on the roof and on solar trees at the entrance to the building
• Centennial Hills Community Center
• Lorenzi Park
• Fire stations 5, 7, 8, 41, 43, 44, 45 and 48
• Centennial Hills and Rainbow Family parks
• Facilities at the East and West Service Centers
Approximately 41 direct jobs were either created or retained as a result of this project, which was funded by bonds 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 10 percent to 60 percent of the total energy demand at each facility.
These solar panel 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 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.
The solar trees and solar panels at the new City Hall under construction are just two of the many sustainable features of the building. The new City Hall is an energy efficient structure that is being built to LEED standards, reducing energy costs by more than $400,000 annually. In addition, the construction helps to avoid a $1.5 million new equipment investment at the current City Hall to improve energy efficiency. The new City Hall’s green design will allow the city to eliminate 2,400 metric tons of greenhouse gases.
The new City Hall is the lynchpin in a downtown redevelopment plan that will create thousands of jobs, bring billions in private investment and millions in new tax revenue to the city. City Hall is the catalyst for four major mixed-use redevelopment projects that will bring about 13,441 new permanent jobs to the city of Las Vegas, $4.1 billion in private investment and $16 to $20 million in new tax revenue. The projects will also bring thousands of construction jobs to the city.
The new City Hall will be completely open for business on Monday, Feb. 27.