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PHILIPSBURG, ST MAARTEN—The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten made its mark as a game-changer in the hospitality industry by completing a landmark solar installation earlier this year that allows the resort to produce six to eight hours of its own power during peak times. The resort has harnessed the power of the Caribbean sun for more than a year and reached an environmental milestone by generating one gigawatt hour of solar power, or one billion watt-hours. The resort also just installed a completely oil-free Smardt Chiller to further conserve energy; the Chiller is used in the air-conditioning and refrigeration systems throughout the resort. One gigawatt hour of power is enough to provide annual power to 92 American households, and conserves more than 1.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, which equals the emissions from more than 77 thousand gallons of gasoline consumed. It has also spared emissions equivalent to more than 1,600 barrels of oil consumed and enough carbon sequestering of more than 17,000 seedlings grown for 10 years.
CLINTON, MD.—The TownePlace Suites is located across Old Alexander Ferry Road from Joint Base Andrews. A large segment of the hotel’s guest base is military personnel on temporary duty at Joint Base Andrews. The hotel prides itself on providing a “home away from home” and an inviting atmosphere to support troops. Both as part of participating in the military’s mission expanding the use of renewable energy, and as a way to cut costs and maintain affordable rates, the hotel started looking into a solar photovoltaic energy system last year. “We thought that solar would enhance our ability to offer a great hotel value to all our guests, especially our military guests and their families,” said Dr. John Miller, one of the hotel’s Managing Partners (along with Mark Rothman, Esq.) “Energy security is a big part of the military mission. We felt this was something we could do to enhance energy security and help the environment, while also giving us the ability to hold costs down.”
ATLANTA—New requirements to further reduce energy and environmental impacts of buildings are contained in the 2014 version of the green building standard from ASHRAE, the U.S. Green Building Council and the Illuminating Engineering Society.
SANTA CLARA, CALIF.—Lunera Lighting, Inc. has released two hospitality case studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of the company’s Helen Lamp. The LED Helen Lamp saves 50 to 70 percent on energy while reducing lamp maintenance cycles five-fold—all with the simple change of a light bulb.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.—Agaia, Inc., makers of Evolve, announced that its line of Green Seal approved commercial cleaning products is expanding internationally as pressure mounts in the global janitorial services market for the use of environmentally and human-safe cleaning products and practices.
CINCINNATI—With colder weather right around the corner, it’s a good time to look at energy consumption in your business and make changes to reduce energy use. The Greater Cincinnati Green Business Council recently announced eight energy-saving strategies for the workplace, including some that can start saving your business money today.
EAST CLEVELAND, OHIO—Property owners who want to upgrade their outdoor lighting now have an inside track to more energy-efficient lighting technology with the GE Evolve LED N Series fixtures. The new LED area lights, flood lights and wall packs make it easier to optimize space for visibility and operational savings while creating a consistent and contemporary look.
PLANO, TEXAS—NexRev Inc., a leading manufacturer of performance-improving energy efficiency upgrades for HVAC equipment, announced the availability of DrivePak Advanced Rooftop Control (ARC), an expanded model of the company’s DrivePak HVAC retrofit upgrade incorporating advanced controls that allow customers to further capitalize the savings from DrivePak as well as additional prescriptive energy rebates and incentives.
CARY, N.C.—Civilight North America is now in volume production with their broad portfolio of LED lamps for the North American market. These LED lamps were initially developed for the European market and have been market-tested and customer-accepted in this demanding lighting market since 2006. Optimized and improved through market feedback from the global lighting community, Civilight’s products are offered in three series—Architectural, Professional and Commercial.
ANAHEIM, CALIF.—MaxLite, a leading manufacturer of LED lighting solutions, has expanded its U.S. operations with the opening of a new LEED-certified facility in Anaheim, Calif. The 48,864-square-foot building increases MaxLite’s product assembly and testing capabilities and features the company’s first full showroom on the West Coast. Located in the Anaheim Concourse development at Ocean Circle, the $7.5 million new construction is outfitted entirely with energy-efficient MaxLite LED lighting products.
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