Clean Energy Summit attracts large crowd at Mandalay Bay
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Sen. Harry Reid said Nevada and the United States have come a long way in the last few years, when it comes to using more renewable energy.
Sen. Reid was one of the hosts of this year's National Clean Energy Summit at Mandalay Bay.
It attracts business leaders, police makers and innovators in clean energy to Las Vegas.
One of the featured guests to participate in a discussion panel was former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, "California is now 40 percent more energy efficient than the rest of the country."
Schwarzenegger said the Golden State didn't become green because it waited for lawmakers in Washington to create national renewable energy policies. He said his state set those goals, "We made the commitment to reduce green house gases by 25 percent by 2020."
He encouraged other states to be leaders as well.
Tuesday's summit wasn't just for politicians and policy makers. It was a chance for renewable energy companies to show off what they're doing.
The CEO of Sol-Up, based out of Las Vegas, Frank Rieger, said his business is booming, "We do solar projects, especially with the focus on residential clients. We sold more systems than all three years ago, just in the first six months of this year."
Rieger claimed the increased demand is because people want to lower their energy costs in the long run. He said it's now 50 percent cheaper to install solar systems in homes, than it was four years ago.
Locally, MGM Resorts is introducing a new fleet of clean cars. It includes six Escalades that have been converted to use compressed natural gas.
Chris Brophy, vice president of corporate sustainability for MGM Resorts, said the vehicles are 25 percent cleaner than regular gasoline vehicles.
MGM Resorts has also converted 26 limousines to use compressed natural gas. These are being used right now on the Las Vegas Strip.
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