Ramada Silicon Valley in Sunnyvale, CA, announced the completion of a 269 kilowatt solar array that will generate 426,000 kilowatt-hours of clean electricity annually. The installation is expected to provide the hotel with 70 percent of its annual energy needs and will save the hotel $100,000 in energy costs.
It makes sense that a solar-powered hotel is open for business in Silicon Valley. Tech leaders like Google, Apple and Facebook are leading the way to a renewable future by developing projects on their campuses and to power their datacenters and other buildings across the US. Google previously announced all of its global operations facilities are now powered by 100 percent renewable energy. Apple also is establishing itself as not just a renewable energy user, but also an energy provider. It filed a proposal with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that allowed it to create a subsidiary company that can sell excess solar power it generates at its sites to local utilities.
“We are proud to be able to help slow down the effects of global warming and make a contribution towards achieving the climate action initiatives of the City of Sunnyvale,” said Jeffery Chang, president and co-owner, Ramada Silicon Valley.
Sky Solar Power installed the 996 Mitsubishi Diamond solar panels that are now providing power to the hotel’s 175 rooms, lighting fixtures and its three electric vehicle charging stations.
“It’s gratifying to see that Ramada Silicon Valley is setting an example for sustainable energy in the tourism industry,” said Gina Heng, vice president of Mitsubishi Electric US’s photovoltaic division. “We’re pleased that the hotel’s ownership chose Mitsubishi Electric’s solar modules to help achieve its energy reduction goals.
“Thanks to support from Bay Area Air Quality Management District, we installed 3 EV Charging Stations (Level II) which will help to improve the air quality,” said David Chang, vice-president and co-owner, Ramada Silicon Valley. Demand to create an extensive regional network of EV charging stations is growing due to the popularity of hybrid cars in the San Fransisco Bay area.
“We will be offering convenient and accessible EV charging to both our hotel guests and the general public,” added Chang.
The hotel industry is starting to catch on to the benefits of solar. The industry sees it as a marketing point to attract travelers, can provide significant savings, up to $9,000 per month ($108,000 annually) for an average-size hotel, according to the US Energy Star program. Energy Star estimated that the lodging industry spends $2,196 per room annually on energy with lighting, HVAC and water heating alone accounting for 60 percent of an average-sized hotel’s total costs.Tweet