Wynn Resorts cements green initiatives alongside US EPA

A new milestone is being lauded by Wynn Resorts, after its Las Vegas property announced a fresh renewable energy landmark with its acceptance into the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power partnership.

Becoming the largest Green Power partner within the hotel industry and the only casino resort from Nevada on the list, Wynn joins a collection of organisation that the EPA states “are voluntarily leading the innovation, production and use of green energy in America”.

Wynn’s latest green initiatives follows the opening of its 160-acre solar complex, that is solely dedicated to generating renewable energy to power its Las Vegas entity.

Combined with 103,000 square feet of on-site rooftop solar panels, Wynn Las Vegas is creating and using more than 45 million kilowatt-hours of green power annually, which is enough to meet 25 per cent of the resort’s electric load.

According to the US EPA this is the equivalent to the annual electricity use of more than 4,000 average American homes, and subsequently qualifies Wynn Las Vegas to join “an elite group of of Fortune 500 companies that are current Green Power partners,” such as Microsoft, Intel, Bank of America, Apple, Johnson & Johnson and Starbucks.

Erik Hansen, chief sustainability officer for Wynn Resorts, commented: “It is an honour to be recognised by the US EPA for our commitment to protecting our planet’s resources.

“We are proud to be the national leader in green energy use in the hotel industry, proving that integrating large-scale energy efficient measures can be done in a way that only enhances the guest experience.”

Earlier this month Wynn Resorts announced its intention to join the US sports betting scene, with the organisation’s late entry made alongside Malta-based European mobile sportsbook and casino operator BetBull.

The deal saw Wynn take a minority equity investment stake of 22.5 per cent in the firm, “on a fully-diluted basis upon closing of the investment, which will occur in due course subject to customary closing conditions”.