Premier Inn is adding another 1.6MW of solar PV to around 70 hotels, taking its total capacity to 3MW, via Anesco, which will manage and optimise power and revenue.
The Whitbread-owned chain expects to complete the rollout by Autumn.
Whitbread director of sustainability, James Pitcher said solar was both a “key part of our sustainability programme” and, as a long-term investment “a fantastic proposition for us”.
Anesco executive chairman, Steve Shine, said the Whitbread project proves “solar is still a viable option for businesses,” despite subsidy cuts.
“There continues to be a growing appetite among commercial organisations, for energy efficiency and renewable technologies, as a tried-and-tested model for reducing energy costs, while improving sustainability and lowering emissions.”
A year ago, Whitbread announced it had hit its 2020 carbon reduction targets three years early. The company says it sources all power from renewable sources.
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