The Courtyard Lancaster hotel in Pennsylvania,
U.S. recently installed an 135,200-sqf solar power system.
The 133-room hotel is the first
Marriott-branded property in the U.S. to become 100%
The solar array produces 1,239,000 kWh of
power for the hotel, which consumes 1,177,000 kWh. Excess power is
sold to the utility.
High Hotels received a grant of $504,900 from
the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) through the Solar
Energy Program to complete the project.
“We are excited to see High Hotels take the lead
in such an impactful manner. The Courtyard Lancaster’s solar array
installation is a concrete step forward to reduce our carbon
footprint and minimize our impact on the environment,” said Denise
Naguib, Vice President of Sustainability & Supplier Diversity for
Marriott International. “Working in collaboration with our hotels,
owners, guests and associates, we will Sustain Responsible
Operations in order to meet the ambitious goals set as part of
Marriott International’s sustainability and social impact
platform, Serve360, and continue doing good in every direction.”
Hotel guests will be able to see the solar power
produced on a new real-time meter located in the lobby. Due to its
size, more than twice as big as a football field, the 2,700-panel
array was placed on the roof of a warehouse about half a mile from
the hotel. Both the hotel and the warehouse are in Greenfield
Corporate Center, a mixed-use business campus with a strong track
record of sustainable practices, owned by High Properties.
“Our guests now have the satisfaction of knowing
that they are staying in a hotel that’s fully powered by the sun,”
said Russ Urban, president of High Hotels. “We are strong
believers in environmental stewardship and taking this step into
renewables aligns with the interests of a growing segment of the
Urban said that while guests can see the meter
display and take pride in choosing this first-solar-powered
Marriott in the U.S., they will notice no difference in the
function of electrically-powered amenities at the hotel.
Lancaster is located about three hours from New
York City and two and a half hours from Washington, D.C..