Las Vegas thumps cynics, goes 100% green

Recent reports indicates that Las Vegas has just become the largest American city to rely solely on green energy to power all its municipal facilities.

This development confirms that with the right policies and actions, Nigerian cities with excellent solar radiation can go green as well.

According to the reports, city officials announced that all of Las Vegas city facilities – from government buildings to streetlights, are now running entirely on renewable energy.

“We can brag that the city, this City of Las Vegas, is one of the few cities in the entire world that can boast using all of its power from a green source,” said Las Vegas Mayor, Carolyn Goodman in a news conference on Monday.

It stated that the achievement marks the completion of the city’s nearly decade-long goal to fully transition to clean energy only – a project that was expedited after the city partnered with public utility company, NV Energy almost a year ago.

While all government facilities are now only powered by renewable energy, many residential and commercial buildings are however not.

Officials were able to make the announcement after Boulder Solar 1, NV Energy’s massive solar array in the southeast corner of Nevada, went on line last week.

Boulder Solar 1, combined with other local sources of green energy like geothermal energy plants and solar panels placed throughout the city, will now provide 100 per cent of the city’s municipal power.

Also, reports from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, explained that the shift to renewable energy started in 2008 and has since saved the city roughly $5 million annually and decreased energy consumption by more than 30 per cent.

Las Vegas – now the largest U.S. city to rely solely on renewable energy, is helping pave the way for other cities eager to transition to carbon-free energy, despite an incoming presidential administration with a record of pushing back on progressive environmental policies.

Last month, 48 mayors signed an open letter to President-elect Donald Trump, pledging to take climate action within their cities even if the federal government refuses to support their plans.

San Francisco; San Jose, California; and Grand Rapids, Michigan are just a few of the big cities committing to use 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.