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ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes HotSpot Energy Inc./ARAMA as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. The ARAMA PTAC (PTHP) uses a state-of-the-art Mitsubishi High-SEER energy saving DC Inverter compressor to save 35 percent or more in energy costs. The Mitsubishi DC Inverter variable speed compressor technology allows the ARAMA units to accurately match their capacity to the load, avoiding the compressor on/off cycle. The DC Inverter compressor is also much quieter.
DENVER—Solar Sphere, Inc. announced that the company has signed a new nationwide solar lighting distribution agreement with solartonic, llc. “Solar Sphere is excited to announce the addition of the award-winning solarlume solar street and parking lot lights to our portfolio,” said Russell Shriver, President for Solar Sphere, Inc. “This expanded offering will provide Solar Sphere customers with the option of a new vertically pole-integrated solar module that dramatically changes the appearance and improves the performance of traditional solar street lights.”
GLENDALE, ARIZ.—Barron Lighting Group, the originator of the LED exit sign and brands such as Exitronix, Trace*Lite, IGS and specialtyLED, announces the newest addition to its Exitronix VEX-WP series: the VEX-WPC. This wet location all-LED exit and emergency combo is an ideal solution for wet applications and extreme cold conditions with the optional internal battery heater.
BOCAS DEL TORO, PANAMA—Red Frog Beach Island Resort announced the installation and operation of a 193kW centralized solar power system in Bocasdel Toro, Panama. This system will provide over 332,000 kWh’s per year of sustainable, clean energy to Bocas Del Toro’s most upscale resort. Installed on the roofs of service buildings, these solar panels will provide over 22 percent of the resort’s current power needs and will be expanded as demand increases. Wiebke Krüge, a solar energy expert from SMA Sunbelt Energy GmbH, said, “It was a privilege to implement a centralized solar source at Red Frog Beach in such a beautiful island environment. We are very confident that our modern solar technology will reduce the carbon footprint in Bocas del Toro. Our company has partnered with MGM to offer strategic ways to offer financing to resort developments looking to save on energy costs and help the environment.”
OJAI, CALIF.—SimpliPhi Power and California Solar Electric have completed the second phase of an off-grid solar plus storage installation at the Taft Botanical Gardens in Ojai, Calif, which are part of an eco resort owned by the nonprofit Conservation Endowment Fund. The second phase of the installation included an additional eight PHI2.6 kWh batteries (doubling the PHI power storage), providing enough extra power capacity to run electrical loads well into the night without utilizing a generator for a total of 41.6 kWh of stored PV power.
ST. PAUL, MINN.—New 3M Thinsulate Window Film Climate Control Series provides the traditional benefits of 3M Sun Control Window Film by rejecting heat and blocking harmful UV rays. But it also takes performance a step further to protect against heat loss during cold weather. The film has a patented construction that helps reflect more interior heat back into the room, improving personal comfort by reducing cold drafts near windows, which can help save on energy costs.
DALLAS—Innsight Technologies introduces its ResourceCONNECT Energy and Water Management Reporting Tool. ResourceCONNECT comes with interface and mobile capabilities making any hotel or resort capable of tracking their energy usage down to the kilowatt or per gallon hour.
NATIONAL REPORT—Energy consumption officially has become the defining global issue of our time, and everyone from politicians to developers and homeowners is taking notice. But while technology companies and auto makers like Tesla and Ford scramble to make the first mainstream electric vehicle, there’s actually a bigger player in the energy arms race: buildings. According to the United States Department of Energy (DOE), the nation’s buildings account for 43 percent of U.S. carbon emissions and 39 percent of primary energy consumption. Compare those numbers with the transportation industry, which comes in a distant second at 32 percent and 28 percent, respectively. What’s more is that the DOE reports 40 percent of the total energy used in those buildings is for air-conditioning and heat, as well as hot water heating. That’s why a growing number of developers are looking more closely at geothermal heat pump systems, a technology that uses the earth’s thermal properties in conjunction with electricity as an alternative to traditional HVAC and water heating systems.
LOS ANGELES—Acclaim Lighting announces its latest innovation to the solid state LED lighting market, Ai Dim. An abbreviation for Acclaim intelligent Dimming, Ai Dim is the combination of a finely tuned dimming curve and a specific grouping of LEDs, which results in a near perfect representation of incandescent dimming. Acclaim meticulously designed every detail of the Ai Dim system, from the custom LED chipset and driver to the smooth dimming curve, which brings the best of LED and incandescent lighting together.
SAN FRANCISCO—The Hilton San Francisco Union Square has quite a win streak going. On February 17, the 1,919-room hotel hosted the Hotel Council of San Francisco’s first Stay Green Forum. The event drew 275 attendees. “Lieutenant Governor Newsom was the keynote speaker,” says Jo Licata, Community Projects Manager at the hotel. It was a great success. We had almost every hotel in San Francisco represented.” Also in February, the hotel garnered a lot of publicity for being the first hotel to participate in the Better Buildings Challege SWAP, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) program that saw officials from Hilton Worldwide and Whole Foods Market swap energy teams in order to uncover new energy efficiency strategies. In December, Hilton Worldwide announced that it was the first hospitality company to achieve Superior Energy Performance certification from the DOE.
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