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DANBURY, CONN.—Keeping properties performing at peak efficiency is a top priority of Meyer Jabara Hotels (MJH). From the laundry facility and guestrooms to parking lots and rooftops, the East Coast hotel management company is committed to making each of its 22 hotels representing 4,000 guestrooms across 10 states energy efficient and operating green. “In today’s world, we need to manage down to the penny, and utilities are a major cost to the operation of the hotel,” said Justin Jabara, MJH VP of Development and Acquisition. “The better we can manage the consumption of energy, gas and water, the more money we can bring to the bottom line.” In July 2015, the La Quinta Inn and Suites in Danbury, Conn., owned by real estate investment company Diamond Properties and managed by MJH, installed 400 solar panels on the rooftops of two of its five buildings to generate 132,000 watts of solar electricity. Today, the 113-room hotel is significantly reducing its carbon footprint by receiving 18 percent of its annual energy from the sun.
ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes AspirEnergy to its Green Product & Service Directory in the Energy Services category. AspirEnergy is a full service Energy Services Company that specializes in prescribing and implementing energy efficient and renewable energy solutions to lower operating costs and maximize return on investment. It focuses on return on investment for its clients with the maximization of government and utility incentives while keeping the customer experience at the forefront of its recommendations.
CHICAGO—Evolve Controls has been selected to provide their integrated solution for guestroom controls for climate, lighting and shading for the Microsoft Connected Room solution. The Connected Room, which brings hotel services such as in-room dining, spa reservations and other hotel experiences into the digital era, is currently being piloted in two guest suites at The Cromwell, Caesars Entertainment’s boutique hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. Microsoft highlighted the Connected Room solution at the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC) in New Orleans to show how Microsoft technology is helping hospitality companies make digital transformations to improve the guest experience and reduce operational costs.
ROCK HILL, S.C.—HyLite LED Lighting announced that the Mogul Base (E39) HyLite LED Omni-Cob lamps are now listed on the DLC QPL. At 140 LPW, the HyLite LED Omni-Cob lamp is one of the most efficient LED retrofit solutions, and the new listing on the DLC QPL will allow customers to maximize their return on investment with utility rebates in many markets.
MANCHESTER, N.H.—Xeros, the inventor of an ultra-low water laundry system, announced that it has signed a $500,000 deal with commercial launderer Scarab Group in St. Thomas for its award-winning polymer bead cleaning laundry system. In one of the largest laundry deals on St. Thomas this year, the Scarab Group replaced all of their conventional washers with Xeros laundry systems to reduce their water and energy costs without sacrificing the quality of service to their luxury hotel customers.
PLANO, TEXAS—NexRev LLC, experts in improving energy efficiency and reducing utility and operational costs for retail, entertainment, commercial, industrial and institutional facilities, announces the company’s entrance into the Canadian marketplace with a regional office located in Toronto supported by a network of Canadian resources. This follows on the heels of NexRev’s announcement of their Latin American headquarters in Mexico City and represents the next step in the company’s international expansion plan.
PHILADELPHIA—It was just a year ago that Hersha Hospitality Trust released its first Sustainability Report. Last month, Jay Shah, CEO of the lodging REIT, announced the release of the company’s second Sustainability Report. According to Bennett Thomas, Senior Vice President of Finance and Sustainability for Hersha, it is one of only a few lodging REITs to issue a sustainability report. “Hersha is one of the few lodging REITs that report on sustainability,” Thomas says. Hersha’s second report reflects the activities of its 55 owned hotels. Last year was another strong year for sustainability accomplishments for Hersha. For the third time in four years, EarthView was awarded NAREIT’s Lodging & Resorts Leader in the Light award for superior and sustainable portfolio-wide energy use practices and sustainability initiatives. Hersha’s performance last year is a continuation of its EarthView program that was launched in 2010. EarthView takes a triple bottom line approach to sustainable hospitality—implementing sustainable and innovative practices that benefit the environment, local and global communities, and positively impact a hotel’s financial performance.
SUFFOLK, VA.—The Fibrex Group introduces the Steora Smart Bench. It is available in the United States and is the result of a business partnership with Include. Steora was invented by Ivan Mrvos of Include j.d.o.o in the Republic of Croatia. Steora Smart Bench’s unique design provides self-sustaining green solar energy to power a large suite of applications such as cell phone charging, WiFi Hot-Spot Internet connection, area LED lighting, sensor data gathering capabilities and temperature control. It even has a built-in cooling fan system to keep the seating area below 80F on hot days.
LAS VEGAS—NRG Energy, Inc. and MGM Resorts International announced the completed expansion of the nation’s largest rooftop solar array. On the roof of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, the expanded solar array has more than 26,000 photovoltaic panels and produces a combined 8.3 MW dc (6.5 MW ac) of electricity, a new national record for rooftop arrays. At full production, the system supplies 25 percent of the power demand of the entire Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino campus. It is projected that the expanded solar installation will displace approximately 8,400 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually, the equivalent of taking more than 1,700 automobiles off the road. The electricity produced is also equivalent to the average annual usage of 1,340 U.S. homes. Since completion of the first phase in 2014, the project has helped provide pricing stability for MGM Resorts, while reducing the amount of energy drawn from the southern Nevada grid during times of peak electricity demand.
SAN BRUNO, CALIF.—GREEN CREATIVE, the commercial grade LED lighting manufacturer, announces the launch of its new Filament Series LED lamps. Part of GREEN CREATIVE’s TITANIUM LED SERIES, the Filament Series features a wide variety of vintage style bulbs that use the latest in LED technology. They include the new A19 7.5W, A19 4.5W, ST19 5W, G25 4.5W, B10 3.5W, BA10 3.5W Flame Tip and B11 3.5W E26.