Clean energy is good investment for city hotel

Andy Lemm at Lancaster House Hotel
Andy Lemm at Lancaster House Hotel

A Lancaster hotel is enhancing its strong reputation for environmentally friendly practices with the installation of over 300 solar panels to further reduce its carbon footprint.

English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues latest green initiative is the installation of 340 photovoltaic panels at Lancaster House, one of the group’s popular 4 star hotels.

The new 250W solar panels are expected to generate 76,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity each year and will reduce the hotel’s carbon footprint by 30,000kg of CO2 per annum.

With installation by Chester based renewable energy specialists The Greener Group, the solar panels have been sited at the rear of the establishment, covering the west facing roof of the hotel’s main bedroom block.

New general manager at Lancaster House Andy Lemm says: “We wanted to utilise our unused roof space to create an even more environmentally friendly site for our customers to enjoy.

“The installation of the new solar PV system will produce more clean energy for our guests to use, whilst reducing our energy costs and generating a revenue stream via the Feed-in Tariff. The annual financial return on the panels has been estimated at nearly £15,000 per year, which means the installation has a payback period of less than six years.

“In layman’s terms, the CO2 saving is equal to the usage of a 13 watt light bulb continuously lit for 263 years, or the energy use of an average home for 842 days, or the output of an average car engine running non stop for 48.6 days.”

Lancaster House already invests in carbon reduction technology, environmental initiatives and green tourism. It is accredited by the National Green Business Tourism Scheme and has achieved their highest ‘gold’ status.

The hotel is recognised for its strong management of energy, water and waste and many other sustainability projects. It is also the first leisure facility in the region to be powered by a bio-mass boiler using locally sourced wood-chip.

Operations manager and Lancaster House green champion, Emma Underwood said: “We encourage employees, suppliers and guests to contribute to our ongoing plans to reduce our carbon footprint. It is already evident that our new manager Andy Lemm has a vision for the future of the hotel that will ensure we grow our green credentials and continue to have a positive impact in our community and on the environment.”

Lancaster House is situated on the A6 close to Lancaster University.