New Projects, Solar

Wynn Las Vegas Resort to Purchase Solar Power from Enel Plant

By Editors of Power Engineering

Enel Green Power North America signed a power purchase agreement with Wynn Las Vegas for energy produced from the new 27-MW Wynn Solar Facility under construction in Stillwater, Nevada.

The 160-acre facility is expected to cost $40 million to develop, and will be finished in the first half of 2018.

Wynn Las Vegas anticipates power from the new facility will meet up to 75 percent of its peak-power requirements, the largest percentage of renewable energy used by any resort in Las Vegas. Additionally, the plant is expected to power Wynn Las Vegas’ planned multi-use development, Paradise Park.

We have clinched a breakthrough partnership that further reinforces Enel Green Power’s expertise to provide attractive solutions tailored to our clients’ energy needs,” said Antonio Cammisecra, head of Enel’s Global Renewable Energies Division Enel Green Power. “We are extremely pleased about Wynn’s support of renewable energy and look forward to a long-term partnership that will continue to position Nevada as a hub of clean energy excellence.”

“The use of renewable energy is a significant part of the future management of our energy needs in all Wynn developments,” said Steve Wynn, chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts. “We welcome every opportunity to protect and enhance our environment, save money and serve our guests and employees.”

The new solar PV project is adjacent to the existing Stillwater hybrid facility, the first plant in the world to combine the continuous generating capacity of medium enthalpy, binary cycle geothermal power with solar photovoltaic and solar thermal. The new 27-MW PV facility will share the existing connection infrastructure with the geothermal-solar hybrid plant.

This partnership is EGP’s fifth major corporate customer agreement in the US over the last two years. Most recently in 2017, EGPNA announced a deal with Facebook for 200 MW of the 320-MW Rattlesnake Creek wind project in Nebraska, currently under construction. Earlier on in the same year, EGP signed PPAs for two Oklahoman plants, one with T-Mobile US, Inc. for 160 MW of its 300-MW Red Dirt wind farm and another with brewer Anheuser-Busch for 152.5 MW of its 298-MW Thunder Ranch wind farm. In 2016, EGP secured its first corporate PPA with Google for the purchase of energy from 200 MW of its 400-MW Cimarron Bend wind farm in Kansas. Through these agreements, EGP is able to create tailor-made solutions for its corporate customers, with the aim to provide them with long-term access to an affordable, sustainable and reliable source of power.

In the State of Nevada, EGPNA already manages the 13.4-MW Salt-Wells geothermal plant and the Stillwater triple hybrid facility comprised of a 33.1 geothermal plant, a 26.4 MW photovoltaic solar plant and a 2-MW solar thermal plant.