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1.3 MW Solar Array at Westin St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

The solar array system that is to be installed at the Westin St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands will not only help 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 reports NRG Solar. In addition, the sun-powered energy will reduce local air emissions and the impact of shipping on the fragile Caribbean ecosystem by directly reducing demand for diesel fuel imports. The following is an official NRG news release. By Amber Archangel

Starwood Hotels & Resorts will install nearly 3 megawatts of solar power in partnership with NRG in an industry-leading alliance to develop solar power at hotel properties. The first phase includes the installation of a 1.3 megawatt (MW) solar array at the Westin St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Photo Credit: Westin St. John in Great Cruz Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands, Kids Pool | fensterbme | Flickr

Westin St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

The alliance will begin with three properties, including the installation at the Westin St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands where NRG will build, own and operate the project. This array will provide clean, efficient 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.

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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. The customized solar solutions designed by NRG in consultation with Starwood will seamlessly integrate with the aesthetic of each location while enhancing the guest experience.

Ken Siegel, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel for Starwood:

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 percent and water consumption by 20 percent by 2020 throughout our global hotel and resort system. 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.

Photo Credit: Westin St. John in Great Cruz Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands |  fensterbme | Flickr

David Crane, NRG President and Chief Executive Officer:

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. Starwood, and Westin St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands 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.

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