Las Vegas leaders and environmental group leaders ceremoniously flip the switch on a solar power project at the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign on Wednesday, Jan. 8. (Courtesy: Las Vegas News Bureau/Darrin Bush)
It's a sign of the times. The iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign that greets people on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip is now completely powered by solar energy.
Las Vegas city leaders and environmental groups were on hand Wednesday evening to flip the switch on the project. The project involved the installation of three solar trees with 18 photovoltaic cells.
"We're planting solar trees at one of the most photographed spots on earth. It's difficult to make a bigger statement about our commitment to sustainability than at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign," Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak said.
The conversion to solar power didn't cost taxpayers a cent, as all funding came from the Consumer Electronics Association, NV Energy and the Las Vegas Centennial History Grant Program.
"Solar energy is one of Nevada's most abundant resources and NV Energy has been leading the way in solar energy for nearly a decade. NV Energy is proud to be part of bringing solar energy to this iconic Las Vegas landmark and to the millions who visit each year," said Bobby Hollis, NV Energy vice president of renewable energy and origination.
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