Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten Completes Solar Project
Monday March 17th, 2014 - 9:36AM MT
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PHILIPSBURG, ST. MAARTEN—The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten has completed the solar installation that allows the resort to produce six to eight hours of its own power during peak times.
The resort began using the island’s abundance of sunshine in 2007 with the installation of solar panels to heat the water used in the property’s guestrooms.
The resort’s owner, Columbia Sussex Corporation, working with OneWorld Sustainable, has completed the installation of 2,602 Lightway solar panels for a total system capacity of 755 kilowatts.
The completed solar system will produce approximately 1,223,000 Kilowatt hours per year. According to the company, the system will avoid 1.9 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions or the equivalent of CO2 emissions from energy used by 43 homes annually.
To install the panels and mounting hardware, OneWorld Sustainable worked with a local St. Maarten company.
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