UNEP Report on Solar Water Heating in the Tourism Industry – Case Studies on St Lucia and Barbados Hotels
This report provides a starting point for tourism businesses that are interested in exploring the opportunity of SWH. Specifically, this report focuses on SWH opportunities for small to medium sized hotels.
BAY GARDENS HOTEL & INN, SAINT LUCIA: SAVING ENERGY COSTS WITH SWH
Since opening in 1995, Bay Gardens in St Lucia began exploring options to reduce their operating costs and soon after installed SWH system across the property with the help of Solar Dynamics, the only SWH supplier and installer in the region at the time. When asked what would happen if Bay Gardens were to move back to conventional electric heating, the maintenance manager, Kenneth Augustin shared, “Our operating costs would double!”…
ELEGANT HOTELS – TURTLE BEACH RESORT, BARBADOS: MAKING THE RIGHT MOVE WITH SWH
The solar water heating system for Turtle Beach was installed in 1997 by Solar Dynamics. In all, the systems measure 251 sq.m., and are designed to serve 100% of the resort’s hot water load. Even with the occasional use of electrical boosters, the resort has reduced its energy bill for heating water by 95%.