We've all seen it, whether it was in a movie, a photograph or driving by on the way into the city -- that iconic "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada" sign from 1959 at the south end of the strip. Though that sign has maintained its classic look, it's powered in a new way as of Jan. 8 -- from solar energy.

Just over a month ago, ground was broken on installing three solar trees with a total of 18 photovoltaic cells, which will provide the sign with constant power.

“The Las Vegas Valley is one of the sunniest spots on the planet,” said Commissioner and Green Chips Board Member Chris Giunchigliani in a news release. “We are delighted to harness that sunshine and use it to power such an iconic symbol of our community."

 

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The project also includes an educational plaque with a description of how the project works, as well as instructions to visit the Clark County website learn more about its renewable energy efforts.
 
The leading forces behind the initiative are Green Chips, a nonprofit organization focused on increasing environmental sustainability in Southern Nevada, and Clean Energy Project, a nonprofit organization working to promote the advantages of clean energy. The project is funded completely by donations from the Consumer Electronics Association, NV Energy and a grant from the Las Vegas Centennial History Grant Program.