Hotel Photovoltaic Solar Panels
Photovoltaic Solar Panels
The term photovoltaic refers to the effect displayed by the semiconductors that are used to manufacture solar cells. The photovoltaic effect causes the semiconductors monocrystalline and polycrystalline silicon to react to the absorption of sunlight by generating electricity. Photovoltaic technology provides a sustainable source of clean energy that can be used by households and businesses. Indpendent Hotels and Global hotel chains are increasingly looking at the ways that photovoltaic solar panels can be used. Hotel photovoltaic solar panels can be used to provide electricity for lighting in guest rooms, restaurants, gyms and lobby areas as well as provide power for running televisions and communication equipment.
It has been reported that the second biggest cost for hotels after staffing is energy at a time when energy prices seem set to rise, cost effeciency savings are more important than ever. Due to the turn over of guests and facilities on offers Hotels tend to have lights, televisions and air conditioners, central heating systems, running constantly incurring large bills and high carbon emssions. The UK will also be introducing a carbon tax that will push energy prices up even further and which is encouraging hotels and other commercial enterprises to look for alternative ways to power their properties.
Feed in Tariffs for Hotels
The UK government Feed-in Tariff (FIT) will enable Hotels using solar panel systems to earn real cash just for generating electricity. Up to 43.3p p/kWh is paid to hotel generators using solar panels to produce electricity, for every unit of power generated. It has been estimated that the average house can use 18,000kW every year and therefore a small hotel would typically start from 20,000 kW ranging up into the megawatt range yearly, meaning that a very large hotel could potentially earn hundreds of thousands of pounds every year from Feed in Tariffs.
Hotel Photovoltaic Solar Prices
A common size for a hotel solar panel system would be a 10kW system which can cost in the region of £30,000 from a reputable solar panel supplier experienced at designing and installing commercial solar solutions for the hospitality industry. Finding the right solar panel supplier that is also MCS accredited and therefore certified to supply FIT eligible panels,
Hotel photovoltaic solar panels can hoteliers to significantly reduce their energy bills and potentially earn hundreds of thousands of pounds from FITs.