MGM Grand Detroit completes massive LED parking garage retrofit
The MGM Grand Detroit can now boast one of the the largest LED-lit parking garages in the nation.
Over a period of three months, the property received more than 3,000 new LED parking lot lights, which will reduce the annual energy use of the 61-acre parking garage by as much as 80 percent.
"As a property fully committed to the fundamental principles of environmental stewardship, we are proud to complete the LED lamp installation and further minimize MGM Grand Detroit's energy consumption," said Steve Zanella, president and COO of MGM Grand Detroit. "Like many of our conservation initiatives, this renovation is a win-win for us and the environment. This project reflects our high regard for the planet, but it also ensures that MGM Grand Detroit is meeting our customers' desire to be more environmentally conscious with their meetings, conventions, and travel."
The LED garage lights selected by the Four Diamond destination resort are some of the most energy efficient in the world, and also boast extremely long operating lives. Because of this, maintenance costs - along with energy bills - are much lower. The new lighting system will save the MGM Grand Detroit enough electricity to power more than 350 average homes each year.
"Implementation of new lighting technologies is an important component of our overall strategy to reduce our environmental impact. We continually explore cutting-edge technologies that maximize savings," said Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer for MGM Resorts International Cindy Ortega. "After extensive research and testing in the local environment, LED proved to be the best option for reducing energy and costs."
MGM Resorts International has dedicated itself to reducing energy costs through measures like the addition of commercial LED lighting. By using this energy-efficient lighting, the company is providing its properties with high-quality, customizable fixtures that will produce better, brighter light to make the garages feel safer, as well as more energy efficient.
According to MGM Resorts International, the various properties have been able to reduce their overall energy use by 10 percent, or 120 million kilowatt hours, since 2007. At the end of 2010, the company set a goal to reduce its electrical consumption by 3 percent by the end of 2012. Through the use of LED lights and other energy saving techniques, that goal was reached by the end of 2011.