Improving energy efficiency, 25 of the City Lodge Hotel Group’s 60 hotels will be installing solar panels and harnessing the power of the sun. The roll-out was decided on after a successful pilot study at the Road Lodge Centurion in Pretoria, which has a 50kWp (Kilowatt Peak) generation system on the roof.

“We are incredibly proud of the group’s achievements with regards to energy conservation over the years. This is a significant milestone for us as we enter a new era in renewable power generation, and a positive step towards our own business and environmental sustainability,” says Alastair Dooley, chief financial officer at CLHG.

At a cost of approximately R20 million, 4250 solar panels will be installed at 24 City Lodge Hotel Group properties in SA and one in Namibia by the end of the year. These should produce an energy output of approximately 1.45 megawatts of power and will generate about 10% of the City Lodge Hotel Group’s energy requirements.

Improving water and energy efficiency has been a long-term goal for the CLHG group, which has reduced its energy consumption by almost 40% since 2011 – even while the group’s property footprint has grown. In 2013 they were recognised for these efforts when they were named runners-up in the Eskom eta Awards which showcased efficient use of energy.

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