01/08/2013 02:55 pm ET Updated Jan 08, 2013

CES Producer CEA Donates $100,000 To Green Nonprofits In Las Vegas

Las Vegas’ famous welcome sign might be going green thanks to a huge donation to local nonprofits.

The Consumer Electronics Association, which produces the annual tech trade show International CES held annually in Sin City, has donated $100,000 to local organizations. A portion of the donations will be used to fund a proposed project to install solar panels to power the iconic sign, according to a recent statement.

The CEA announced Monday that it will be donating the large sum, split between two local clean energy and sustainable living nonprofit organizations and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), according to a recent statement.

“In a city that gets 300 days a year of sunshine, that is a powerful commitment,” Cindy Ortega, chairperson for the Green Chips Board of Trustee said in a statement about the sizeable donation. In 2012, a similar CEA donation allowed Green Chips to successfully install solar panels at a local Salvation Army and rescue mission.

The LVCVA, an organization that attracts visitors to Sin City, will use the donation to install electric vehicle charging stations at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The CEA is the organization behind the Consumer Electronics Show, which kicks off today at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Since its launch in 1967, CES has been seen as the Super Bowl of new technology -- it is the world’s largest innovation convention which showcases gadgets from hundreds of companies.

So far highlights from this year's convention include driverless cars and a slew of smart gadgets like refrigerators and stoves, Reuters reports.

"The idea is that if your devices are so smart, they should be able to know you better and anticipate and react to your requirements," IDC analyst John Jackson told the news outlet.

Check out the slideshow below of the best products from CES 2012.



The Best Gadgets Of CES 2012