When you think of the brightly lit Vegas Strip or Fremont Street, you might also be thinking of the exorbitant electric bills. It's quite the spectacle, but it's a lot of energy being consumed. Sin City is also a sunny city, and Las Vegas aims to take advantage of the ample energy afforded by our nearest star.

The city of Las Vegas is partnering with New York-based EnGoPLANET for off-grid solar- and pedestrian-powered LED street lights in the Arts District's Boulder Plaza. In addition to photovoltaic panels on top of the lights, pads in the sidewalk harvest kinetic energy from passing pedestrians to help provide power. Motion sensors will make sure the lights are on when people need them, and saving energy when nobody is around. And, in the vibrant visual spirit of Las Vegas, the lights can also change colors to keep the ambiance lively.

In addition to shedding light, they're also equipped with a variety of sensors to provide useful information through the cloud. They can measure air quality, detect water, monitor traffic and even serve as a watchful eye for Big Brother. They can also serve as wifi hotspots, and have USB ports and inductive capabilities for charging your gadgets.

"Currently, street lights in the world release more than 100 million tons of CO2 per year. Our generation has the moral responsibility to transform our energy system," says EnGoPLANET CEO Petar Mirovic. "EnGoPLANET's Street Light will revolutionize the way we illuminate streets. It will reduce CO2 emission, lower maintenance bill and with many new features, it will make cities smarter."

Las Vegas is making a big shift toward sustainability and renewable energy. The city recently made the commitment to work toward getting 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources. In addition to employing energy efficiency programs, Las Vegas has also undertaken a massive solar energy project. Nevada is also becoming home to more and more interesting tech companies, including Tesla's Gigafactory. Now, with the solar-kinetic light/wifi/USB project, Sin City is looking more and more like the City of the Future.

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City of Las Vegas and EnGoPLANET Partner to Provide New, Clean Way to Light Streets

New street lights will be powered with energy from pedestrians' footsteps

NEW YORK and LAS VEGAS, March 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- EnGoPLANET today announced a partnership with the City of Las Vegas. Through the partnership with the city, EnGoPLANET will install their innovative solar-kinetic street lights solution at Boulder Plaza. It will be the first-ever installation in the world of this street lighting technology that combines kinetic and solar energy.

EnGoPLANET is a New York City-based clean tech start-up, and the company aims to become a leader in the off-the-grid street lighting industry. The company plans to partner with Cities, Universities and Large Corporations in deploying this clean solution to light streets.

EnGoPLANET's Street Light is off-the-grid solution, powered by combining kinetic and solar energy. Kinetic energy is harvested from pedestrians' footsteps via kinetic energy pads. When someone steps over a kinetic pad, energy is created and goes directly to the battery. This solution is also equipped with many smart sensors. USB ports and Wireless Charging pad incorporated into the pole are additional useful features of the product.

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Petar Mirovic, CEO of EnGoPLANET, said, "Currently, street lights in the world release more than 100 million tons of CO2 per year. Our generation has the moral responsibility to transform our energy system. EnGoPLANET's Street Light will revolutionize the way we illuminate streets. It will reduce CO2 emission, lower maintenance bill and with many new features, it will make cities smarter."

He added, "If you look at traditional street light poles, you will see that they are useless. They simply hold the lighting. With our solution, we've changed that by incorporating useful features into the pole and transforming it into a free service spot where people can rest, charge their portable devices, or connect to WiFi."

"The city of Las Vegas is a leader in sustainability, from our commitment to renewable energy to recycling, our alternative-fuel vehicles and streetlights," said Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman and added:

"We are always interested in exploring new technologies that can help us to preserve our city for future generations."

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