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Europe’s biggest hotel solar panel system opens

A resort on the tip of the heel of Italy installs what it claims is Europe’s biggest panel system belonging to a hotel.

Just in time for the 2018 summer season, Robinson Club Apulia, located almost at the tip of the heel of Italy, has installed what the group says is the biggest solar panel system belonging to a hotel in Europe.

The energy yield gained from the 3,280 solar panels across a total area of 5,500 square metres will be the same amount that is required to power around 450 private households.

The premium club brand has been following the sustainability strategy of the TUI Group, of which it is a subsidiary. The group has set itself the goal of reducing the CO2 intensity of its business by 10% by the year 2020 and the conversion to solar makes a contribution.

During the four-month construction period, the solar system was installed on various building including the restaurant, workshop and some guest houses. Around 70% of the electricity produced will be used for self-supply, the rest fed into the local power grid.

“Robinson has been relying on modern environmental management and alternative methods of energy generation for many years,” the resort said in a statement.

“The new solar panel system at Robinson Club Apulia is another efficient building block in the consistent sustainability strategy. The system also makes a significant contribution to reducing electricity costs in club operation.”

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