The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Now Has Wind Turbines On Its Roof
Despite the fact that the new wind turbines being installed on the roof of the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort will produce a very small percentage of the hotel's power, Randy Gaines, Hilton's VP of Engineering, Housekeeping and Laundry Operations, thinks it's a huge step in the right direction.
“The turbines will help us visualize the hotel as a place to be conscious of energy use,” Gaines told the South Florida Business Journal. “It’s not going to be a big percentage of the hotel power, but it will help to highlight the importance of conserving electricity, and to start dialogue.”
The symbolism of the six turbines is definitely a welcome sight for the hotel industry, a move that speaks volumes in terms of Hilton's determination to be environmentally friendly. Considering the appearance of the turbines has always been a source of conflict when it comes to wind energy, the fact that Hilton is putting them on its roof sends a strong message. Not to be overly dramatic, but it shows the industry is capable of making decisions based on something a little less shallow.
It is currently estimated that there are 15-20 hotels that use wind turbines across the United States. Although this is the first Hilton property to install the turbines, Hilton is no stranger to the green movement, both in Fort Lauderdale as well as across its entire brand.
In 2009, Hilton pledged to reduce its energy, waste and carbon footprint at each of its hotels by 20 percent over the next five years. Gaines also said that solar panels, roof gardens and co-generation plants have since saved the company $75 million.
This is of course great news, and we applaud Hilton for leading the charge in making these much needed energy improvements. The money isn't the main issue here, at least for us, but we are happy to see that something environmentally friendly is also financially appealing (would we be having this conversation if it wasn't?).
Because these savings do exist, the next step is making sure that they are passed on to the consumer, something we will definitely be monitoring and making a push for as the rest of the industry comes on board over the next decade.
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