Sunshine helps create great holiday experiences for tourists, but the sun can do far more. It is also increasingly becoming a source of energy for hotels – to generate power and hot water. Many TUI hotels have already switched to renewable sources of energy with solar and photovoltaic systems. ROBINSON Club Apulia in southern Italy, for instance, launched one of Europe’s largest photovoltaic systems for hotels at the beginning of the Summer season. Within less than four months, specialists installed 3,280 solar panels on the restaurant, the workshop and a number of guest houses. The panels cover a total area of 5,500 square metres – three quarters the size of a football pitch. They generate around 1,438 megawatt hours of electricity per year, the average power requirement for around 450 private households in Germany. While 71 per cent of the power generated is used to meet the own needs of the Club resort in sunny southern Italy, the remainder is fed into the local power grid.
Largest hotel solar power system in Morocco
Another destination where ROBINSON has gone solar is Morocco. ROBINSON Club Agadir, located directly on a sandy beach sprawling over many kilometres, has had solar panels installed on numerous roofs of the resort. They constitute the largest solar system operated by a hotel in the North African country. The power generated is used to produce hot water and heat the pool landscape. TUI also uses solar power in its Italian resort in Castelfalfi in Tuscany. The vast estate, covering an area of 1,100 hectares, operates a solar power system to generate energy for the holiday properties outside the village centre.
By shifting to solar energy, hotels render an essential contribution to TUI Group’s “Better Holidays, Better World“ sustainability strategy. The goals pursued by the tourism group through its strategy include reducing the CO2 intensity of its business operations by ten per cent by 2020. Alongside solar and photovoltaic systems, measures launched to support the CO2 reduction goal include biomass systems and new technologies used by an increasing number of hotels to reduce their water and energy consumption. Another example is the use of regional and seasonal products requiring short delivery routes.