Plan envisions solar power fueling iconic Las Vegas sign

The iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign could soon be powered by the sun if the efforts of a local group of environmental advocates are successful.
Clark County commissioners will hear details of a plan Tuesday to install solar panels at the site on Las Vegas Boulevard that has been a destination for tourists since the Betty Willis-designed sign was erected in 1959.
The panels, described in county documents as three “solar trees,” would provide enough energy to power the sign’s neon accents and the 89 light bulbs that rim its perimeter.
“It’s an icon of Southern Nevada and Las Vegas,” said Lydia Ball, executive director of the Clean Energy Project, one of the nonprofit groups behind the effort. “Powering (the sign) through solar, we feel, will show what our economy and renewable energy can do.”
Also involved in the effort are the environmental nonprofit Green Chips and Bombard Electric, the company that built solar panel installations at Las Vegas City Hall and the Clark County Government Center.

Written by Conor Shine. To read the full article, click here.


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