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ST. JOHN, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and NRG Energy, Inc. announced a new global alliance to expand the use of renewable energy systems at Starwood properties. The alliance will begin with three properties, including the installation of a 1.3 megawatt (MW) solar array at the Westin St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands where NRG will build, own and operate the project. This array will provide clean, efficient power to the resort and help to reduce local air emissions and the impact of shipping on the fragile Caribbean ecosystem by directly reducing demand for diesel fuel imports. NRG will own the solar arrays while Starwood will be the enabling partner through a multi-year agreement to purchase electricity from the solar arrays installed at several locations. Not only will Starwood reduce its electricity costs, it also will lock in predictable energy costs at an affordable level for years to come and reduce the company’s carbon footprint and local air emissions.
MILWAUKEE, WIS.—Green Wolf Technologies, LLC, a partner and reseller of the Telkonet Energy Management System focused at the hotel, resort, and university residence hall market, has been approved as a United States Value Added Reseller for Islandaire.
HALES LOCATION, N.H.—Golfers who took a drive up to the White Mountain Hotel for opening day at the Hale’s Location Golf Course on May 4 noticed something missing—the sound of gas-powered golf carts. “We have switched to an all-electric powered fleet,” said Wayne Sprouse, the new head professional at Hale’s Location Golf Course. Electric carts are much more environmentally friendly, not just because they don’t use gas or pollute the air but also because they are quiet. “Golf is a game that benefits from silence during play,” adds Sprouse. “These new, quiet carts make for a better experience for players on the course, Hale’s homeowners, and guests of the White Mountain Hotel.” Gary Sullivan, owner and general manager of the White Mountain Hotel, spearheaded the purchase of the 26 EZ Go Electric Carts now available at Hales as a way for the hotel to continue its reputation as an environmental leader in the sustainable lodging movement. “We are committed to environmentally friendly practices at the hotel,” says Sullivan.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—In its continuing effort to educate operators about sustainability and how best to reduce operating costs in restaurants, the National Restaurant Assn. has teamed up with North American LED, an energy-efficient lighting products supplier, to offer light emitting diode, or LED lighting solutions, to the restaurant industry at discounted prices.
WALTHAM, MASS.—American DG Energy Inc., a leading on-site utility offering clean electricity, heat, hot water and cooling solutions to hospitality, healthcare, housing and athletic facilities, is now operating two 450-ton chillers at Doral Arrowwood Hotel and Conference Center in Rye, N.Y. The highly efficient cooling systems will cool the property and be owned and operated by American DG Energy.
MENOMONEE FALLS, WIS.—Expanding on its line of hot and cold food wells, Alto-Shaam has added a selection of round wells to provide better food storage, display and quality. These hot soup wells use Alto-Shaam’s Halo Heat technology and EcoSmart design to help save on the bottom line.
CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Swegon as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. Swegon’s PARAGON compact Comfort Module provides hoteliers with energy savings and reduced maintenance costs while offering guests silent, draft-free air-conditioning.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CALIF.—Travelers who want to recharge themselves and their Nissan Leafs can take advantage of a new feature at the Residence Inn San Juan Capistrano. The hotel is helping the environment with a California first by offering the Nissan Leaf Rapid Charger. The Rapid Charger is the first publicly available one of its kind in the state.
DANBURY, CONN.—FuelCell Energy, Inc., a global leader in the design, manufacture, operation and service of ultra-clean, efficient and reliable fuel cell power plants, announced the launch of a new website at www.fuelcellenergy.com and an updated FuelCell Energy logo.
CHICAGO—Master-Bilt, manufacturer of premier commercial refrigeration, will showcase its newest award-winning innovation, the Parallel Glycol Rack Refrigeration System, in the Kitchen Innovations Pavilion (booth 2440) at the 2013 National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, May 18 to 21 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.
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