The Hyatt Regency New Brunswick in New Jersey flipped the switch to dedicate its newly installed SunPower solar power system, marking the hotel’s initial step towards generating clean, renewable solar power. The hotel partnered with SunPower Corp., a manufacturer of high-efficiency solar cells, panels and systems, to design and install the 32,000-square-foot, 421-kilowatt system over the top floor of the hotel’s garage.
At a dedication ceremony, Hyatt Regency New Brunswick celebrated the completion of the new photovoltaic solar panel system with the hotel’s General Manager Adrian Hughes, Director of Engineering Scott Stahl, and New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill.
“We are thrilled to be moving forward in our efforts to conserve resources,” said Hughes. “The hotel has instituted many successful energy saving programs over the past several years, and solar is the next logical step to furthering our environmental commitment.”
Hyatt Regency New Brunswick’s solar power system utilizes SunPower’s high-efficiency solar panels with its PowerGuard roof tile technology. PowerGuard is a non-penetrating, wind-resistant system that lies flat on the roof and provides added thermal insulation for the building and environmental protection to the roof membrane.
The output from the system will help reduce New Jersey’s CO2 emissions by 10,000 tons over the next 30 years, and will further lessen oil dependence by at least 749 barrels annually, according to conversion formulas provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
“Using SunPower technology will maximize the amount of power generated by the system, and will also maximize Hyatt Regency New Brunswick’s return on investment, saving on annual electricity costs now and over the long term,” said Tom Leyden, managing director of SunPower. “We commend Hyatt Regency New Brunswick for their leadership in environmental stewardship, and for helping New Jersey attain its renewable energy goals.”
This isn’t the first step the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick has taken to shrink its environmental footprint. The hotel recently implemented food composting along with recycling of metals, plastic, glass, cardboard, and paper; a kitchen exhaust hood control system that is expected to save 206,000 kWh a year on reduced heating and air-conditioning requirements; and a conversion to CFL and LED lights expected to save an additional 375,000 kWh annually.
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