Starwood Partners NRG Energy to Develop Solar Power for Hotels

May 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Solar Energy Tips

 Starwood Hotels Resorts and NRG Energy
have entered into 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. The array will provide power to the resort helping 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.

“At Starwood, we have established an environmental
sustainability goal we call 30/20 by 20 meaning we’re committed to reducing our energy consumption by 30% and water
consumption by 20% by 2020 throughout our global hotel and
resort system,” said Ken Siegel, Chief Administrative Officer and
General Counsel for Starwood. “We are making great progress
against those goals through a variety of programs in place around
the world and we’re pleased to partner with NRG to be able to
provide affordable and sustainable electricity that will benefit
the environment, our guests and our business.”

NRG’s
wholly owned subsidiary NRG Solar, one of the largest developers
and owners of solar power in the United States, is also a leading
developer of industry-leading distributed solar for businesses.

“In
many parts of the world, including in the United States, solar
power, generated locally, is well on its way to becoming the most
cost-effective, environmentally beneficial and aesthetically
pleasing energy option for any customer-facing business,” said
David Crane, NRG President and Chief Executive Officer. “Starwood,
with its 30/20 by 20 initiative and other commitments to
sustainability best practices, is an acknowledged leader in this
regard in the global tourism and hospitality industry. We look
forward to working with Starwood on clean energy and related
sustainability initiatives in order to achieve the environmental
and economic goals that we share in common.”

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