Vegas TV Station Gets 18% of Electricity Via Solar

by | Feb 18, 2010

klvxKLVX-TV, a PBS affiliate in Las Vegas, has solar photovoltaic panels on its roof that generate 18.4 percent of its building’s electricity on site.

KLVX moved into its new $42 million LEED Gold certified headquarters last year, reports Las Vegas Business Press.

The 108,000-square-foot building consumes 35 percent less energy than similar buildings.

It has geothermal wells to cool air-conditioning water, while underground cisterns collect rainwater.

“In June, our electrical bill in this building was $9,000; the bill in our old building, which was one-quarter of the size, was $11,000. You do the math,” KLVX General Manager Tom Axtell told Las Vegas Business Press.

The building, which also serves as a public education facility, houses Clark County School District’s Virtual High School and Educational Media Center, Homeland Security and Emergency Response support system and all Las Vegas PBS departments.

Martin-Harris Construction served as contractor on the building, which was designed by JMA.

Nevada Power Company supplied solar panels for the facility.

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