Which hotel would your guests prefer to stay in – a conventional one or one with solar panels on the roof?
If you said “definitely solar,” your hotel guest is in agreement with 47 percent of the business travelers polled in Timetric’s Global Business Traveler Survey 2013, who prioritize staying at “green” hotels when traveling. With 47 percent no small share of the market, it is no wonder that sustainability is a hot trend in the hospitality industry. And when it comes to proving a company’s commitment to eco-friendliness, nothing speaks more loudly than solar. But solar is much more than simply a marketing aid.
Here are some hotels that are saving big on energy costs while attracting more eco-conscious guests.
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Solar thermal system will provide domestic hot water for guest rooms, the main laundry services room and all the restaurants at the 492-room resort.
The 27-acre Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa has complete resort facilities, including a 2.5 acre “water playground”, 27-holes of championship golf, world-class tennis, Spa Avania and the Native American and Environmental Learning Center as a part of the 560-acre Gainey Ranch resort and residential development in Scottsdale.
The solar water heating system is comprised of 172 solar collectors and a 20,000-gallon storage tank and will generate nearly 31,600 therms (316 million BTUs) of energy yearly. More than 156 metric tons of carbon dioxide (greenhouse gases) will be offset by the system each year. This is the equivalent to carbon sequestered by 133 acres of forest per year or over 360 barrels of oil being consumed yearly.
An approximate 3-year payback on their investment was achieved.
Hotel Andaluz in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Hote Andaluz offers 107 rooms and has 73 solar panels installed on the roof.
Note from the hotel Operator
McIntyre noted that the property owner/developer and Gemstone have gone to great lengths to make the hotel environmentally friendly. “We installed cutting-edge energy conservation systems and solar hot water heating systems that allow us to reduce energy and resource consumption by 50 percent, compared to conventional hotels. We also added one of the most advanced, computer controlled climate sensors in the state.
These systems contain motion detectors that track movement in the room, allowing us to turn off or reduce AC/heating in an unoccupied room. This electrical efficiency alone has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions by 290 tons annually. We believe the Andaluz will become a model for all future hotels.”
Alila Fort Bishangarh
Alila Fort Bishangarh is the result of the adaptive reuse of a 230-year-old warrior fort into one of India’s most unique heritage properties. Committed to a sustainable future, the Fort is designed in harmony with the environment, preserving the extraordinary natural beauty of the region. All indoor lightings are energy-efficient or scheduled for replacement with energy-efficient lighting (LED lighting system). The use of active solar systems for water heating makes the resort operations even more sustainable with minimal carbon footprint.
Laguna lodge, Guatemala
On a steep cliffside above the inky waters of Lake Atitlán, Laguna Lodge is a standout romantic escape happy to blend into its pristine natural setting. Organic coffee is shade-grown in the nature reserve; solar panels line the roof, keeping the lodge off the grid as often as the sunshine will allow. solar hot water heating with electric and gas back up is used for water heating.
Costa Rica’s most famous eco-lodge, certainly cuts a humble silhouette: a row of thatched-roof lodges on a ridge hundreds of feet above the beach, it’s as far as you can get from the pampering of a luxury hotel experience. Not a single tree was cut in the process of this resort’s construction, and it leaves as small an ecological footprint as possible. To culminate the green experience, solar water heaters were installed to reduce energy consumption to the minimum.
Trident, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Breathtaking views of the serene Mansagar Lake and the striking Aravalli range welcome guests at the 134 room Trident Hotel, Jaipur.
The hotel is equipped with 2,200 Litres per day solar water heating system and with the only 3years the system had bought itself back and now the hotel heats almost all of its water on solar for free.
Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok
Located in Bangkok in the region of Bangkok Province, 2.3 km from Chinatown, Sampeng, Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok is majestically situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River with a quarter mile of river frontage, the two-tower property with extensive gardens and two swimming pools. The installation of solar panels across a 938-square-metre space on the rooftop to power a solar water heating system at Shangri-La Hotel , Bangkok is the largest solar system ever installed in the hotel business in Thailand as at 2012. The solar water heating system enables the hotel to heat 25 million litres of water a year, which is sufficient hot water production for the 802 guestrooms, saving the hotel kshs. 8,500,000 annually on energy costs.
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