Las Vegas will use only solar power to run municipal operations

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Advancement takes place with new solar power plant. According to city hall, efforts in renewable energies yield savings of US $ 5 million per year

Last week, the city of Las Vegas announced a major milestone as it became one of the few cities in the world that will run 100% of its municipal energy from a renewable source.

This will be possible due to the new Boulder Solar 1 solar power plant in Nevada that went into operation on December 12. According to local press, the energy generated by the facility will cover all municipal energy in the city, which means that large commercial buildings and homes will not be covered. 

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, since 2008, city authorities have been working toward this goal as they began the transition to renewable energy. Efforts have given the city an economy of about $ 5 million a year.

A little far from Las Vegas, another region this year has benefited from the advances in solar energy. The island of Ta’u, located in American Samoa (Pacific Ocean), received a microregion of solar panels and Tesla batteries that is expected to provide almost 100% of the energy needed for its 600 residents. According to Tesla, the island will be equipped with more than 5,300 solar panels as well as 60 Powerpack batteries for storage.

Another good news was brought by the new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) . The study, which includes the average cost of wind and solar energy from 58 emerging economies, including Brazil, China, India, has determined that solar costs without subsidy are starting to compete with coal and natural gas and new Solar energy in emerging markets have been shown to cost less to be built than wind turbines.

By the end of 2016, the amount of solar power plants globally must exceed the number of wind energy facilities for the first time, the report concluded. Projections estimate that 70 gigawatts of new photovoltaic solar energy will be installed in 2016 compared to 59GW of wind power.

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