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HEREFORD, ARIZ.—March was a good month for Patrick Dome and Karl Schmitt, co-owners of the 10-room Casa de San Pedro B&B in Hereford, Ariz. The 105-panel, 34-kilowatt, solar photovoltaic array positioned on the south side of their B&B supplied 125 percent of the electricity they needed for the month. The panels typically supply about 90 percent of the B&B’s electricity. Given its Arizona location, the Casa de San Pedro B&B is ideally located to take advantage of the sun’s power; the inn also uses a simple passive solar system (black piping) to heat water for the pool. Schmitt says that system, attached to the pool water filtration system, helps extend the pool’s season by two months—one month in spring and one in fall. The solar panels were expensive—$170,000—but Schmitt expects a return on investment of 4.5 years. Already, the B&B’s owners have obtained grants totaling $67,000 and may receive yet another for $42,000. The inn’s owners’ approach to sustainability appeals to their clientele—bird watchers and naturalists.
CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, has added an Onity case study to its Vendor Case Studies section. The case study details how the Carolina Grande Resort in the heart of Myrtle Beach, S.C., is saving an average of $1,300 dollars a month in HVAC costs and meeting customer needs since installing an Onity SensorStat DDC Thermostat system.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.—Bluegreen’s Carolina Grande Resort in the heart of Myrtle Beach, S.C., is saving an average of $1,300 dollars a month in HVAC costs and meeting customer needs since installing an Onity SensorStat™ DDC Thermostat system. At the 20-story condominium resort guests enjoy spectacular views of the Grand Strand and warm ocean breezes from their private balconies. The same elements that make this a popular destination also present challenges for energy management.
MILWAUKEE, WIS.—Telkonet, Inc., developer of the EcoSmart energy management platform featuring Recovery Time technology, announced that Galt House Hotel, located in Louisville, Kentucky, will install, integrate and network the EcoSmart energy management platform throughout its entire collection of 1,290 guestrooms.
NATIONAL REPORT—Air curtains, also known as air doors, can play an important role in a hotel’s energy conservation strategy—especially hotels with foodservice operations. In use for almost a century now, air curtains have become more sophisticated and effective in recent years and the number of applications for them has grown. Air curtains can now be used in entryways—both in the front and back of the house—with walk-in coolers, warewashers, and even in laundry areas. Air curtains help to contain heated or air conditioned air, and are essential in stopping the infiltration of flying insects, dust and dirt. Air curtains employ a controlled stream of air aimed across an opening to create an air seal. This seal separates different environments, while allowing a smooth, unhindered flow of traffic and unobstructed vision through the opening. “Air curtains blow an air stream in an engineered pattern to the floor,” says Stephen J. Benes, sales manager with Berner International, which has been making air curtains in the United States since 1956.
CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes National Energy Technologies as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. National Energy Technologies is a commercial facility conservation consultant specialist. The company introduces, prices, procures and coordinates installation of specifically targeted technologies designed to maximize utility savings with the shortest ROI.
BURLINGTON, ON.—Anaergia Inc. announced that the 1,750kW cogeneration plant for the 1,981-room Hilton New York in midtown Manhattan is now online.The energy efficient cogeneration system provided by Anaergia represents a significant investment taken by New York City’s largest hotel to reduce its carbon footprint, conserve energy and reduce the urban heat island effect.
DALLAS—The redesigned X-Plus UV fixture from UV Resources accommodates 17- to 61-inch extended base lamps, which easily mount from the exterior of any HVAC system, air handler, plenum or duct, making it a low-cost, reliable and quickly serviceable unit favored by contractors.
WARMINSTER, PA.—Therm-Omega-Tech, a global leader in the design and manufacture of self-actuating temperature control valves, announced that its new Circuit Solver valve for domestic hot water systems has received NSF/ANSI 61 and California Lead Plumbing Law (AB1953) certifications from the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), an independent laboratory.
LOS ANGELES—As part of the company’s rebranding initiative, Mars Air Systems is launching a clean new website to engage customers through interactive videos, information portals and client case studies. The website also now serves as an industry resource for new laws, studies and programs related to energy-efficient air curtains.
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