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Iconic "Welcome to Vegas" sign now powered by the sun


January 12, 2014

Local luminaries fire up the now solar-powered Las Vegas sign

Local luminaries fire up the now solar-powered Las Vegas sign

Last week, the world's attention was focused on Las Vegas thanks to the Consumer Electronics Show. With that backdrop of bleeding-edge technology, the city's iconic welcome sign received a little technological makeover of its own.

The flashy "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign hasn't traded in its nostalgic 1950s look for OLEDs, but is now being powered entirely by a newly installed solar tree array that went live for the first time last week. The three solar trees powering the neon and incandescent lights contain a total of 18 photovoltaic cells.

The project was led by local nonprofits Green Chips and the Clean Energy Project, with funding coming from a variety of organizations, including the Consumer Electronics Association, which puts on CES.

"The Las Vegas Valley is one of the sunniest spots on the planet,” said Commissioner and Green Chips board member Chris Giunchigliani. "We are delighted to harness that sunshine and use it to power such an iconic symbol of our community. The project will forever tie our storied past with the possibility of an exciting future powered by solar energy."

The next time you hit Vegas for a night of hazy debauchery, be sure to stop at the new sign and snap a couple pics of yourself – you can call it "ecotourism."

Source: Clark County

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C.C. Weiss Upon graduating college with a poli sci degree, Chris toiled in the political world for several years. Realizing he was better off making cynical comments from afar than actually getting involved in all that mess, he turned away from matters of government and news to cover the things that really matter: outdoor recreation, cool cars, technology, wild gadgets and all forms of other toys. He's happily following the wisdom of his father who told him that if you find something you love to do, it won't really be work. All articles by C.C. Weiss

Hmmm...You gotta really wonder how much electricity that sign actually uses as opposed to how much those 18 solar cells (plus supporting electronics and batteries and maintenance) costs! Then do it all over again in 8 years! (batteries rarely last 8 years...and today's solar cells...yeah...in the kind of sun they get in Las Vegas? 5-8 year life span...


A good step in the right direction. All Las Vegas should be harnessing the power of the sun...

Tracy Cutts
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