Completion has recently taken place of what is now claimed to be the largest rooftop solar panel installation in the Unites States of America. This has been built on the roof of the Mandalay Bay Convention Centre that is located in Las Vegas. The USA is renowned for doing things on a big scale.
A significant number of solar panels were installed back in 2014 but further panels have been added recently. The centre is owned by MGM Resorts International.
There are now in excess of 26,000 solar panels on the above roof that covers several acres. These solar photovoltaic panels are capable of generating 8.3 MW of electricity resulting in this form of renewable energy meeting about 25% of the buildings electricity requirements that is no doubt considerable. The installation was completed by NRG Energy.
Another significant benefit of having so many solar panels installed is the reduction in carbon emissions that will no doubt help the environment. It has been estimated that these solar panels will reduce carbon emissions by as much as 8,400 metric tons every year.
Large solar panel installations like the one mentioned above will undoubtedly go some way towards helping the USA meet its renewable energy and carbon emission targets in the coming years. Obviously, globally, such installations will also be of benefit as collectively countries around the world look to do all that they can to meet these targets by 2020.
Here in the UK, we continue to hear of solar panels being fitted to corporate buildings as well as residential properties and the construction of solar farms in various parts of the country. However, let us hope that the volume of such installations increases so that we can play our part in helping the world lower carbon emissions to benefit the world’s population both today and in the years to come.