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Las Vegas flips switch on enormous solar power project

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The solar panels will power the Water Pollution Control Facility. (Courtesy: City of Las Vegas) The solar panels will power the Water Pollution Control Facility. (Courtesy: City of Las Vegas)
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman symbolically flips the switch on the panels. (Courtesy: City of Las Vegas) Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman symbolically flips the switch on the panels. (Courtesy: City of Las Vegas)
Goodman poses will the solar panels. (Courtesy: City of Las Vegas) Goodman poses will the solar panels. (Courtesy: City of Las Vegas)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, City Manager Betsy Fretwell and others were on hand Thursday morning to flip the switch on a series of solar panels which are expected to save the city millions in energy costs.

The panels are located at 6321 E. Vegas Valley Dr. and will help to power the nearby Water Pollution Control Facility, the city's chief wastewater treatment and sewer collection facility. 

The 15,000 ground-mounted panels will power up to 20 percent of the electrical needs of the plant, equal to the amount of energy needed to power 300 homes annually.

The plant accounts for about a third of Las Vegas' power bill. The other two-thirds are due to streetlights and signals as well as city buildings.

It's estimated the solar panels will save the city $2.5 million annually in energy costs. The $19.7 million project was funded by city sewer fees and development connection fees.

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