NRG expands rooftop solar array, selling power via PPA to MGM Resorts’ Mandalay Bay hotel

Written By: Stratton Report
July 6, 2016


On July 6, MGM Resorts International announced the expansion of the nation’s largest rooftop solar array had been completed on the roof of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. The 8.3 MW DC solar array is owned and operated by NRG, which sells power via a 25-year PPA to the Mandalay Bay Resort.

According to the hotel, at full production, the system supplies 25% of the power demand of the entire Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino campus.

Cindy Ortega, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer of MGM Resorts International commented: “MGM Resorts International has a long history of integrating environmentally responsible practices throughout our operations to help preserve the planet’s limited resources. Our continued partnership with NRG is a source of pride and inspires our desire to continually implement innovative solutions that promote renewable energy.”

Chuck Bowling, President and COO of Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino observed:

“The expansion of our rooftop solar installation at Mandalay Bay significantly advances our resort’s commitment to being a leading sustainable destination for conferences and conventions. Utilizing energy produced from a renewable resource is a cornerstone of our comprehensive strategy of sustainable operations.”

Craig Cornelius, Senior Vice President of NRG Energy and head of NRG’s Renewables group noted: “Companies like MGM Resorts are driving an evolution in America’s energy mix as they seek cleaner sources of power that provide more certainty over energy costs. The solar array atop Mandalay Bay is stunning in its scope and functionality, and we’re thrilled to have MGM as a partner.”