[RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Las Vegas probably has as much sun as it does sand, and the city in the desert has decided to take advantage of the available solar rays. The Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD) Board of Directors approved a $22.6 million contract to initiate the development and construction of a 3.1 MW photovoltaic (PV) solar energy project. Local utility Nevada Power and solar electric designer/installer PowerLight of California are partners in the project, which is expected to generate 5.3 million kWh of clean electricity per year. Electricity generated at the PV facilities will primarily supply power for daily, on-site operations at LVVWD. However, a focal point of the first phase of the project includes five solar-panel structures at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve that will provide shaded visitor parking as well as clean, sustainable energy. Construction of the distributed system array will begin at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve in 2005.