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April 7, 2018 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

The Schwartz Hotel Group has added to its ‘green power’ commitment by transforming the rooftop of Mercure Sydney into a major solar energy receptor which will not only produce renewable energy for the hotel’s operation, but significantly reduce its carbon emissions.

Renewable energy group, Earthconnect, installed the micro inverter system, which comprises 357 panels covering 88% of the rooftop of the Mercure Sydney. The 96.39kW Solar Energy System will provide the Mercure with approximately 146.0MWh of renewable energy yearly, and contribute to a reduction of 155,658kg pa of CO2 / Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

The solar installation comes as part of a co-ordinated program of environmental initiatives by hotel owner, Schwartz Family Company (SFC).

The Mercure Sydney joins other SFC properties Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, Fairmont Resort, Rydges Central Sydney, Cessnock Airport Hotel, the Leura Golf Course and Lovedale Brewery in introducing major solar power units.

The Mercure Sydney’s new solar installation will help charge their electric car charging station, which is available free to guests in the Mercure’s car park. Car charging facilities are also available at Schwartz hotels including the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, Fairmont Resort in the Blue Mountains, and Mercure Canberra.

The Mercure was one of the first hotels in Sydney to install an in-house electric car charging station, and the move has attracted a loyal set of guests, who previously struggled to find convenient charging points when visiting the city.

General Manager of the Mercure Sydney, Daniel Barnard, said the 517 room hotel did consume considerable amounts of energy, so they were constantly looking for new ways to reduce their carbon footprint.

“The Mercure is often catering for up to 1000 guests a day, so we will always be an energy-intensive operation, but through internal programs such as Planet 21 and Plant for the Planet we have been working hard to reduce energy consumption and waste, and the installation of the new micro inverter solar energy system will have a dramatic impact on our emissions,” said Mr Barnard.

“The provision of free charging for battery-powered cars has been very well-received. Getting anything free is unexpected these days, but the initiative has been particularly popular with country visitors as they want to be assured they can easily recharge their cars so they can get around the city and then get back home.”

Dr Jerry Schwartz, Director of Schwartz Family Company, added: “There’s little point encouraging the use of electric cars if they can’t be charged.

“Use of electric vehicles is still in its infancy, but if people are aware they can drive between Sydney, the Hunter Valley, Blue Mountains and Canberra and recharge their vehicles for free, it provides added incentive to make the switch. We receive many positive reviews from guests because of our environmental initiatives, so clearly being green can also produce gold.

“This is a small step, but an important one because Australian tourism should be at the vanguard of promoting environmental sustainability.”

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