LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas city and officials with the dominant Nevada electricity utility are marking the completion of an $8.2 million project that put solar panels at 16 city facilities including 33 “solar trees” at the front of the new City Hall.

Mayor Carolyn Goodman receives a $4.4 million rebate check from NV Energy executives as part of the ceremony at the City Hall construction site on Main Street near Bonneville Avenue.

Officials say the “solar trees” are pole-mounted solar panels designed to shade the plaza in front of City Hall.

Along with solar panels on the roof, they’re expected to generate roughly 300,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year.

The new City Hall is due to open for business Feb. 27.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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