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October 17, 2019

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Officials considering solar power for convention center

Convention Center Expansion Renderings

Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

Las Vegas Convention Center expansion rendering.

Officials are working on finalizing a sustainability plan for the expanded Las Vegas Convention Center.

Exactly what the plan will include, however, is yet to be determined.

“It will be a green building,” said Steve Hill, CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “Not only will the building be green, but we are working on a sustainability plan for the operations of the convention center as a whole.”

The 1.4 million-square-foot expansion project is projected to cost about $935 million. It’s expected to be finished in December 2020, with the new space available for the 2021 CES gadget show.

“We’re going to have a very large roof, so solar is something that we’re looking at,” Hill said. “We think there’s an opportunity there. It’s a process that we’ll go over during the next six months or so to determine what our best energy plan will be going forward.”

Hill said last week that he expects a comprehensive sustainability plan to be in place by May or June.

LVCVA spokeswoman Jackie Dennis said the group’s board of directors is expected to discuss ending its relationship with NV Energy during its March meeting.

Hill reiterated that nothing has been decided yet on the possibility of the convention center leaving NV Energy.