Vegas Sign Goes Solar

Panels installed to light the night

    Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Since 1959, people from across the globe have gathered to snap pictures in front of the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign.

As of yesterday, folks have another reason to pause in front of the iconic landmark: it's now solar powered. Twenty-five-foot towers harness the sun’s light and convert it into energy that powers the neon sign at night.

“The county will save approximately 1,000 dollars a year—but that's not the issue...it’s an educational tool as much as anything else," Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak told Fox 5 News, referring to the sign's sustainability.

The best part? It doesn’t cost the taxpayers a cent. All funding came from the Consumer Electronics Association, NV Energy, and the Las Vegas Centennial History Grant Program.

A cause for celebration, indeed. To the casinos!

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