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Mass. MGM Casinos Receive LEED Rating

Mass. MGM Casinos Receive LEED Rating

The solar canopy is expected to generate more than 1,600 megawatt-hours of electricity and reduce the resort casino’s annual carbon footprint by the equivalent of 410 metric tons of carbon dioxide, MGM said. …

MGM Resorts International announced Thursday that MGM Springfield is the first gaming resort in the world to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) new construction platinum-level certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, a designation of energy efficiency. …

MGM Resorts said a new 1.13-megawatt solar array that GE Solar will install on the eighth floor of MGM Springfield’s parking garage was “a significant enabler” of the LEED platinum rating. The solar canopy is expected to generate more than 1,600 megawatt-hours of electricity and reduce the resort casino’s annual carbon footprint by the equivalent of 410 metric tons of carbon dioxide, MGM said.

“The Legislature established strong energy goals in the Expanded Gaming Act for gaming establishments,” Mass. Gaming Commission Chairwoman Cathy Judd-Stein said. “We are thankful to the city of Springfield and our fellow agencies for working closely with MGM Springfield to not only meet but greatly exceed our shared goal of achieving a world-class, sustainable facility. We extend our congratulations to MGM on this significant accomplishment.” …

MGM said its Springfield casino was able to secure LEED platinum certification because of other aspects of the project, including a rainwater collections system that provides all the water used for landscaping on the property, 50 electric vehicle charging stations and more.

While MGM Springfield celebrates its platinum-level certificate, Wynn Resorts’ Encore Boston Harbor resort casino in Everett is on track to obtain a LEED gold-level certificate, one level below platinum, according to a memo from Mass. Gaming Commission officials.

“Encore Boston Harbor has obtained a grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) to help finance the installation of a battery backup system at the facility,” Gaming Commission Ombudsman John Ziemba wrote in a memo earlier this month. “This system will work in conjunction with the Solar Photovoltaic System and allows Encore to purchase power for storage at off-peak periods to help reduce overall power costs and to provide additional backup power in the event of a power outage.”

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