Luxury hotel African Pride 15 on Orange in Cape Town installs Solarus solar energy

VENLO/CAPE TOWN, October 1, 2018 Solarus, producer of hybrid solar PowerCollectors, is very proud to announce that African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel in Cape Town, part of Marriott International’s Autograph Collection will install a large solar plant on the roof of this luxury hotel. It will be the largest hybrid Photovoltaic and Thermal (PVT) project installed in Cape Town.

Solarus will install the 124 PowerCollectors in the first week of October 2018. The PowerCollector is a unique technology, combining generation of thermal (T) energy with photovoltaic (PV) generation of electricity, producing one of the highest energy yields ever measured. When compared to traditional solar panels, the PowerCollector produces both electricity as well as hot water output up to 70°C and delivers 3 times more energy across the same surface area.

The rooftop installation will be completed and fully operational on December 1, 2018, producing an average of 3.000 kWh of energy per week for the hotel. The Solarus system will create a viable and stable energy supply for 130 hotel rooms, the large restaurant and the hotel’s spa and laundry. Additionally, it will significantly reduce the hotel’s operating costs.

“With our global presence, we also have a great obligation to operate responsibly. From design to guest experience, sustainability is embedded into Marriott International’s business strategy. Sustainable management of our energy and water is one of our development pillars, and installing a 124 PowerCollectors to obtain maximum impact from our rooftop is a perfect solution for us. It is a great location to absorb as much sun as possible and generate three times more energy,” says Francois Steyn, Hotel Portfolio Manager, Spear Property Group.

“The Solarus technology with its superior performance gives the ability to accelerate the transition towards a clean energy future,” says René Laks, Managing Director for Solarus in South Africa. “The sun is abundant in South Africa, making for an attractive business case. It makes absolute sense to harvest this free energy instead of using fossil fuel based sources. As a certified B (benefit) corporation we embrace Marriott International’s strategy to minimize their footprint and integrate sustainable business practices.”

The energy produced in conjunction with the reduced demand from the grid will provide electricity and heat throughout the hotel. Over a 20-year period, this installation will save the hotel approximately € 1.5 million.