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Las Vegas to Use Solar Power for Iconic 'Welcome' Sign

By Whitney Blair Wyckoff, E&E reporter
9/6/2013 12:20:10 PM

A city known for its glitzy casinos and big-money jackpots is about to see a different kind of green.

The historic neon "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign will soon be lit by solar energy under a plan approved this week by the Clark County Commission.

Spearheading the effort to switch the sign to clean energy was the Las Vegas nonprofit the Clean Energy Project and Green Chips, a public-private partnership that promotes environmental sustainability. According to a release, the sign has stood at the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard since 1959.

The project is funded by the Consumer Electronics Association, utility NV Energy and a grant from the Las Vegas Centennial History Grant Program. CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro said that the trade group donated $50,000 to the effort as part of its annual convention.

Photo by Flickr user Floris Oosterveld

"Now, the iconic Las Vegas sign is going to be green-powered," Shapiro said during a presentation on the industry's sustainability report held at a Washington, D.C., restaurant yesterday.

Three solar trees, placed along the central median of the street, will power the sign, according to the release. Workers will start construction this fall. The project will wrap up around New Year's Day.

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