High Hotels Ltd. is installing a $1.5 million solar array that will generate 100% of the electrical power required to operate one of its hotels in Lancaster, Pa.
The completed installation will make the 133-room Courtyard by Marriott-Lancaster the first Marriott-branded hotel in the U.S. with 100% of its electricity needs generated from solar power, claims High Hotels. The project will be installed on the roof of a nearby building in Greenfield Corporate Center, a 600-acre mixed-use campus developed by High Real Estate Group LLC.
“This is an exciting approach to addressing our energy needs that aligns very well with High’s commitment to environmental stewardship,” says Russ Urban, president of High Hotels. “We’ve been advancing many environmentally responsible practices across our hotel portfolio, including converting the interior and exterior lighting at the Lancaster Courtyard to LED, which will lower electricity demand by 15 percent. Installing solar is another important step in this progression, and we will look to apply lessons from this as we expand our portfolio of premium select-service hotels.”
The Lancaster-based, family-owned hotel developer, owner and operator is working in partnership with Marriott International Inc.
The installation of more than 2,700 ballasted solar PV panels will fill an area more than two football fields in size. After evaluating several on-site and near-site alternatives, High Hotels decided to install the solar array on a building in Greenfield Corporate Center, saving more than three acres of open land. The project will produce 1,239,000 kWh of power for the hotel, which consumes 1,177,000 kWh. Any excess power will be sold to the local utility.
High Hotels received a grant of $504,900 from the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) to complete the project. An independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development, the CFA is responsible for evaluating projects and awarding funds for a variety of economic development programs. The project will receive a solar renewable energy credit, which will be conveyed to the CFA to provide the agency with more funds to offer grants in the future.
Panels for the solar array will be manufactured by Hanwha Cells Co. Ltd., headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. Ephrata, Pa.-based Meadow Valley Electric Inc. will install the array, which is scheduled for commissioning in September.