STAMFORD, Conn. — Starwood Hotels and Resorts has inked a multi-year agreement with NRG Energy, Inc., a Princeton, N.J.-based solar power developer, to introduce renewable energy sources and reduce its carbon footprint and local air emissions at three of its properties.
“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 per cent and water consumption by 20 per cent by 2020 throughout our global hotel and resort system,” said Ken Siegel, chief administrative officer and general counsel for Starwood. “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 provide affordable and sustainable electricity that will benefit the environment, our guests and our business,” he said, of the solar solutions that will be owned and operated by NRG with energy purchased by Starwood.
The duo’s first project will be installing a 1.3-megawatt solar array at the Westin St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, which will be integrated into the aesthetic of the property. There are also plans to build additional solar power solutions at two more properties, which have not yet been announced.