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Hospitality / Tourism
Tourism is one of the largest activities in New England, with visitors from across the world coming to visit pristine woods, lakes, rivers, oceanfront, beaches, historic towns, and so much more.
As this industry is predicated on access to the bountiful natural resources of Maine and New Hampshire, it only makes sense for businesses in the hospitality and tourism industry to take advantage of solar energy and efficient heating equipment as a way to preserve these natural resources and save money.
Going solar is not only great for the environment, but it’s great for business. It’s a way to show your guests that your business is part of the solution to the environmental problems caused by our dependence on fossil fuels.
Solar Options for Inns, Restaurants, Hotels, B&Bs
Both solar hot water and solar photovoltaic (PV) are great technologies for restaurant, hospitality, and tourism businesses.
Solar photovoltaic (PV) technology produces electricity for a business. It allows a business to generate clean electricity on its rooftop (or land) at a very predictable cost-per-kilowatt-hour – generally less than 9 cents per kilowatt-hour, locked in for 25+ years.
When the sun is out, the panels make power. When the sun goes down, the business consumes electricity from the grid. Grid consumption versus production is reconciled monthly and credits carry forward up to a year.
Solar hot water (SHW) technology, rather than converting solar energy into electricity, captures the thermal energy in the sun and transfers it to a building’s domestic hot water supply. As hot water does not store well, this technology works best for businesses who are able to take advantage of the high solar resource in summer.
Solar hot water offers:
- Profound energy savings during peak tourism months of June, July, August
- Water heating for dish-washing, laundry, showers, and other typical uses in restaurants, hotels, and inns
- A guaranteed ROI for business owners,sometimes in as little as 3-5 years to ‘simple payback’
Solar hot water systems can be integrated with any existing water heating solution, whether oil, electric, propane, or natural gas.
Heating with Air Source Heat Pumps
Reduce your business’s operational costs by switching to efficient, all-electric air source heat pumps to heat and cool your business.
Air source heat pumps used advanced technology to heat and cool using electricity 2-3x more efficiently than standard ‘resistive’ electric heat. By pairing air source heat pumps with solar, you can lock in a rate for heating the equivalent of under $1/gallon for oil!
Cost of Common Forms of Heating, Compared
|Fuel Source||Cost per Unit||Cost per Million BTUs||Cost to Heat Typical Home|
|Resistive Electric Powered by Grid||$0.14 / kWh||$44||$4,489|
|Heating Oil (2010 prices)||$3.70 / gallon||$41||$3,938|
|Heating Oil (2015 prices)||$2.70 / gallon||$30||$2,790|
|Propane||$2.50 / gallon||$35||$3,404|
|Natural Gas||$2.00 / therm||$26||$2,587|
|Resistive Electric Powered by Solar||$0.09 / kWh||$26||$2,418|
|Heat Pump Powered by Grid||$0.14 / kWh||$18||$1,706|
|Heat Pump Powered by Solar||$0.09 / kWh||$11||$1,023|
Electric Vehicle Charging
Electric vehicle sales are rising and one way businesses can distinguish themselves among competitors is to offer electric vehicle charging stations, which are still somewhat uncommon in the Northeast, which has lagged behind Western and Mid-Atlantic states in the adoption of electric vehicles.
Businesses that invest in electric vehicle charging not only garner more customers, but they tend to garner great press. Much like solar, investments in electric vehicle charging are a way to show conscientious consumers that your business is committed towards the transition to a clean energy economy.
There are a variety of federal, state, and local incentives depending on your type of business and geographic location.
- Federal 30% Investment Tax Credit (ITC).
- 5-year MACRS depreciation.
- State rebates, which vary.
- REAP Grants (for certain qualifying businesses).
- REC revenues available in some areas.
Partnering with ReVision Energy
We are a full service design, engineering, and installation company with an unmatched depth of experience in Northern New England. Our company has been ranked #25 in the country in rooftop solar installers and our work has been featured in industry magazines such as Solar Pro, Renewable Energy World, Home Power, and Photon. With over 4,500 successful installations across the region, we have refined our design and installation practices such that our renewable energy systems are as dependable (or moreso) than the conventional systems they replace. We install and service mature technologies that are ready to suffer through 35+ years of harsh New England winters.
We streamline system installation, and eliminate the confusion and difficulty of working with multiple subcontractors, by using our own highly trained team of professional solar technicians on every project. In addition to NABCEP certification (the industry’s highest level of traning and accreditation), our technicians carry state solar installer certification. ReVision Energy’s project supervisors also hold master electrician and master plumber licenses to ensure that every completed system is code-compliant and qualifies for government financial incentives.
Due to the volume of solar we install, and thanks to relationships such as our part in the AMICUS solar cooperative, we have long-term purchasing relationships with manufacturers of high quality system components. This enables us to source the very best components at a significant discount and pass the savings on to you, keeping our prices competitive without compromising in component selection.
ReVision Energy backs every system with a promise to deliver exceptional customer service. Our technicians perform regularly scheduled preventative maintenance to ensure your system is operating at peak performance over the long haul. In addition, should you need assistance any time, day or night, our technicians are on call for you.
Hospitality and Restaurant Projects
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