How to become a Sustainable Hotel while cutting costs? Follow the example of King Fisher Village

How to become a Sustainable Hotel while cutting costs? Follow the example of King Fisher Village.

A successful tourism player respects and highly values the surrounding natural and social environment and is aware that while addressing the needs of their own business and guests, they must also consider the environmental impact.

The adoption of sustainable tourism practices allows hospitality businesses to be environmentally and economically sustainable.

How is that possible? Genius Watter helped King Fisher Village, a resort in Cape Verde, become an “eco-boutique” by designing an integrated solution for water and energy efficiency that cuts operating costs by 85%, using only the energy from the Sun. Sustainability can make you competitive in the tourism industry.

Summary

Water & Energy consumption: a nightmare for hoteliers

Water and Energy represent the main expenditure for hotels and resorts. Indeed, tourism businesses are energy- and water-intensive. Without the reliable supply of these two primary resources, hotels simply cannot exist.

In water-stressed locations, hotel managers find it often difficult to guarantee their guests a constant supply of good quality water. Water turns out to be often expensive in these scenarios.

According to UNWTO, the hotel sector is one of the tourism industry’s most energy-intensive sectors. In fact, hotels and other forms of accommodation account for 2% of the tourist sector’s global CO2 emissions, which totals 5%.

Therefore, energy efficiency and renewable energy must become the new paradigm in the hotel sector to reduce costs and environmental impact.

Before Genius Watter's intervention

King Fisher Village, on the island of Santiago in Cape Verde, had to deal with poor water quality and its high costs. On the archipelago overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, it rains less than one week a year. Consequently, freshwater scarcity pushes up the prices of water.

Particularly, the hotel was provided with water desalinated by a local utility through costly and polluting diesel-powered systems. Guests had to drink water from plastic bottles.

Also, energy supply from the grid is unreliable, highly-priced, and unsustainable, because it is mainly generated through diesel. Since energy costs are high, the domestic hot water supply was highly expensive, because the water was heated by grid-connected resistors.

How hotels can reduce energy and water costs and be more efficient

King Fisher Village was looking for one partner that could take care of the entire management of its primary resources, and that could optimize the hotel’s energy and water supply in economic and environmental terms.

Genius Watter conceived and carried out a zero-emission solar project to redesign the water and energy supply of the resort.

By doing so, Genius Watter took up the challenge to cut operating costs while guaranteeing energy and water supply and has helped King Fisher Village become a low-impact sustainable resort.

Solution: Solar Energy

Genius Watter installed a 72-kWp photovoltaic plant to supply 100% of the energy required by the water desalination plant and help meet the electricity needs of the resort.

The photovoltaic plant is grid-tied to ensure a 24/7 energy supply. Indeed, energy from the grid is used for night loads and during bad weather conditions.

Thanks to the use of solar energy, the hotel significantly cut electricity bills and it also benefits from a strong reduction in water heating expenses.

Solution: Solar-powered Seawater Desalination

A solar-powered reverse osmosis desalination unit was installed to produce 30,000 liters of clean water, of which 1,000 liters are remineralized for high-quality drinking and are channeled to the main distribution points via new piping. The consumption of drinking water in plastic bottles is thus eliminated.

The Genius-RO desalination unit desalinates seawater only during the day, since it is powered by solar energy, and produces all the clean water needed for the day and the night. Indeed, our patented efficient technology exploits over 90% of the PV net power available and produces much more water for the same budget invested, compared to conventional solar desalination solutions.

The solar energy harvested is turned immediately into water storage, which is available 24/7, guaranteeing the best comfort for guests.

Thanks to Genius Watter’s clean water, King Fisher Village can also serve fresh local food to its guests every day, since it can irrigate its own garden with good-quality water and grow its own fruits and vegetables.

Benefits for King Fisher Village

Thanks to Genius Watter’s intervention, King Fisher Village cut operating costs for water and energy by 85%, CO2 emissions by 92 tons/year, and eliminated the use of plastic bottles for drinking water.

Genius Watter is the one partner that took care of the installation and operation of the entire integrated system, hence accelerating and making the construction process smooth for the hotel.

The director of King Fisher Village:

“We evaluated different options and partners for this project. In Genius Watter we saw a competent and reliable partner, given its consolidated experience in photovoltaics, not only for the development and installation of the project but also as a solid partner able to guarantee maintenance in the years to come. Thanks also to its local presence and knowledge of the area, we are absolutely certain that we have chosen the right partner.”

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Indeed, Genius Watter offers a long-term maintenance service based on remote monitoring and on-site assistance by a trained local team. By remotely monitoring and managing up to 50 parameters, we offer predictive maintenance and avoid downtime guaranteeing the high performance of the systems for a long time.

Genius Watter is the reference partner for the construction and management of efficient energy and water integrated solutions for major economic savings of hotels and resorts.

King Fisher Village has become a sustainable low-impact business creating greater value for itself, its guests, and the environment.

Join the green revolution in the tourism industry: contact us for more information on how to become a Sustainable Low-impact business.

Sources

  • UNWTO

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