The Inn at the Manor, a 128-suite Marriott Residence Inn located in West Orange, N.J., has completed the installation of a solar electric generating system.
The Solar Center, a Denville, N.J.-based solar energy company, designed and installed the 108 kW system using 700 Sharp and Sanyo photovoltaic (PV) modules. The project represents the first hotel in the state to install a solar system.
According to Dennis Wilson, The Solar Center's president, the system will have a life span of over 30 years and will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 3,000 tons. It was partially funded by the New Jersey Clean Energy Program and will allow the hotel to meet approximately 20% of its electrical requirements, the companies add.