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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
Mandalay Bay announced plans Tuesday to build a rooftop solar array that will be among some of the largest in the world.
The 6.2-megawatt solar photovoltaic installation will be built on the roof of the resort's convention center, and will generate enough electricity to power about 1,000 homes, according to a release from MGM Resorts International.
During peak production, the array will supply about 20 percent of Mandalay Bay's power demand, according to the company. The production will help decrease demand on the electricity grid in southern Nevada, and help reduce energy costs for the entire system.
The project marks the company's first commercial solar project in the United States.
"Integrating environmentally responsible practices throughout our operations has been a key pillar in MGM Resorts' strategic sustainability plan," said Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International Jim Murren.
The company said Mandalay Bay was chosen because of its sun-oriented rooftop space, which spans about 20 acres.
The announcement comes just weeks before the National Clean Energy Summit being held at the casino and hotel Aug. 13.
Sen. Harry Reid, D-NV, and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell attended Tuesday's announcement.
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