InterContinental Real San Salvador
San Salvador, El Salvador
Square feet of Roof space
kW size system.
Efficiency using cogeneration
Metric tons of CO2 emmisions avoided.
Gallons of gas saved annually.
With 40 years of experience in El Salvador, InterContinental Real San Salvador Hotel has positioned itself as a leaderin the city. The five-star hotel offers 228 luxurious guest rooms and over 17,000 sq ft of meeting space. The San Salvador property is part of the Real Hotels and Resorts/ InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), which has locations in at least six Central American countries.
THE ENERGY-SAVING CHALLENGE
InterContinental Real San Salvador Hotel had notedthat energy costs, especially for hot water, accountedfor 10-15% of all hotel expenses. Implementing solar cogeneration would allow them to reduce energy expenses and at the same time fulfill their environmental commitment, by shrinking the hotel’s carbon footprint.
Working with Cogenra Solar, a provider of distributed solar cogeneration solutions, Komuna implemented a hybrid 122 kilowatt solar cogeneration system. The installation consisted of 48 SunPack modules to produce solar electricity and heat approximately 16,000 liters of hot water daily for showers, laundry, cleaning, and food-preparation. Komuna oversaw design, procurement, and installation of the project, enabling construction to be completed in under six weeks.
The solar installation offsets approximately 24,000 kWh of electricity while decreasing the hotel’s hot water fuel consumption by 120,000 kWh annually. The system is expected to deliver an ROI before 2017.