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The Lafayette Hotel's Renovation Includes Eco-Update
The Lafayette Hotel in San Diego made sure to keep the historic charm of the property while undergoing a $4 million renovation project, which began in 2010. These renovations included exposing the original 1946 terrazzo lobby floor and replacing the hotel's period-era, red-shingled roof. But the hotel also decided to incorporate modern, eco-friendly technology into the project with the installation of a ClearEdge Power fuel cell system.
This system was unveiled at the property's grand reopening on Wednesday, where hotel co-owner Jay Wentz showed off the energy-saving updates and gave guests a tour of the fuel cell system.
(ClearEdge fuel cell system)
"A big part of the renovation was looking at how we could incorporate sustainable business practices, as that was a key component to the overall project financing," said Wentz, in an announcement. "By using ClearEdge Power's fuel cells, we have been able to transform the way we power the hotel while working within strict historic preservation guidelines."
The new system is expected to reduce the annual energy costs of the property by $30,000, while also eliminating 100 tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year. The system's compact design made it a functional choice that fit within the renovation rules for historic properties.
(Jay Wentz, co-owner of the Lafayette Hotel, addresses the crowd, standing in front of the fuel cell-heated pool)
Additionally, the Lafayette Hotel partnered with San Diego Gas & Electric for other energy upgrades throughout the property. This partnership, along with the implementation of the fuel cell system, helped the hotel qualify for several tax credits and a Self-Generation Incentive Program Award (SGIP) from the California Center for Sustainable Energy. These credits and the $100,000 award helped to fund the extensive renovation project.
By completing the renovation, the Lafayette Hotel became the first Energy Star historic hotel in the region.
(The California Center for Sustainable Energy awarded Lafayette Hotel $100,000 SGIP award for its sustainable renovation)
"The Lafayette Hotel is setting an excellent example for hotels across the nation and we are pleased to have helped bring the important San Diego landmark back to life," said Neal Starling, senior vice president of ClearEdge. "It has an impressive focus on sustainability and this project clearly demonstrates the economic and financial benefits that fuel cell technologies can deliver to the hospitality industry."
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