The city of Las Vegas solar program has been named the Renewable Project of the Year by the Association of Energy Engineers. The regional award includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.
The award recognizes outstanding organizations that have made important contributions to the energy profession at local, regional, national and international levels.
Since 2009, the city of Las Vegas has made more than $65 million in investments in clean energy, water conservation, recycling, green building and alternative transportation that have resulted in significant positive impacts to the environment, economy and community. Over the past year, the city has continued its efforts including installing three megawatts at its wastewater treatment plant to its existing two megawatts of rooftop solar at city fire stations, community centers, parks, fire stations and other public facilities.
With the completion of the 25-acre solar project at the wastewater treatment plant, the city anticipates generating more than 10 million kilowatt hours, saving the city more than $1 million in costs in addition to the nearly $5 million in savings from energy conservation projects. Another 350 kilowatts are currently under development at the city’s East Yard and City Hall Parking Garage. A new 55 kilowatt system was activated in September at the city’s Emergency Operations Center, which will help offset its power consumption.
The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) is a nonprofit professional organization that specializes in training, membership development, chapter development, and the certification of professionals practicing in multiple fields of energy, including energy management, renewable energy and green building.
Established in 1977, AEE has more than 16,000 members in 89 countries and 82 chapters around the world.