Homewood Suites adds solar water system to heat hotels water

The Homewood Suites in Tallahassee, certified as a Green Lodging hotel, is celebrating its newest achievement, the installation of a solar water heating system to offset the hotel’s energy use

“Our solar system will provide hot water for our guests and for our hotel’s daily operations and will become an integral part of our ongoing efforts to reduce energy use in our day-to-day operations,” said Todd Middleton, General Manager of the Homewood Suites – Tallahassee. “Our hotel’s owners and our team of “Green” Associates at the Homewood Suites by Hilton – Tallahassee are proud to be among the first hotels in Florida to harness our wonderful Florida sunshine and to use it to reduce our carbon footprint.”

Tallahassee Energy & Construction completed the new solar water heater installation. Over its useful life, the solar system is expected to reduce the Hotel’s carbon footprint by more than 700 tons of CO2. This roughly compensates for the gasoline used to drive a car nearly 104,000 miles. Or, said another way, saves the equivalent CO2 absorbed by 18 acres of trees.

“As a Florida family owned and operated hotel & hospitality management company, Kelco Hotels is honored to be one of the first Florida hotels to install a Solar Thermal system,” said Kelly Spillett Slay, Vice President of Kelco Management & Development. “The installation of this system represents our commitment to the sustainability practices of our “Kelco Hotels Green Hotel Program”, and our ongoing desire to conserve our natural resources and protect our environment for this and future generations. We are very excited to be setting a positive example here in Florida’s Capital City of businesses adopting eco-friendly practices.” This hotel was the first Homewood Suites hotel to achieve the Single Palm designation from the Florida Green Lodging Program in February, 2008.

Funding for this solar water heater installation was provided by the Florida Solar Energy Research & Education Foundation’s SunCatcher Program through a grant from the Florida Governor’s Energy Office. The mission of the SunCatcher Program is to demonstrate and promote the use of solar technologies in hotels, restaurants and condominiums across the Sunshine State (askaboutsolar.com).