Solar power is essential for energy efficiency in hotels: :Swiss-Belhotel International’s Laurent A. Voivenel

Laurent A. Voivenel spoke about the benefits to investing in solar technology

Laurent A. Voivenel
Laurent A. Voivenel

Swiss-Belhotel International’s senior vice president, operations and development for the Middle East, Africa and India, Laurent A. Voivenel stressed that investment into solar energy and modern design is essential for any hotel, new and old, that wants to be energy efficient.

At an event, Voivenal spoke about how everyone must raise awareness about how solar power can significantly help the hotel industry.

He explained: “To take advantage of evolving solar technology greater collaboration is required along various stakeholders of the building design and construction process, such as building owners, developers, architects, building material suppliers, regulatory authorities and specialised PV/BIPV industry experts. It is important to start a dialogue between all parties, so we can all collaborate for a better future.”

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He continued: “Innovations in solar energy technology are rapidly changing both – the solar industry as well as the way we embrace solar energy. Solar requires investment but it has tremendous financial and ecological benefits too. The development of innovative design concepts is essential for energy efficiency in hotel buildings for both new and existing stock. Hotel designers need to rebalance the relationship between architecture and nature with the goal of increasing the quality of life. We know wind and solar power will dominate power mix by 2050. We expect to see greater adoption of solar in hotels as well.”

Given its increasing affordability, more and more countries throughout the Middle East are starting to adopt solar energy and introduce capacity installation targets according to Swiss-Belhotel International.

It was also discussed that with a higher population and thus greater need for energy, solar power is prime solution. It is suggested by 2050 there will be an urban influx of two billion people.

According to recent reports, the UAE is among the world’s top investors in clean energy and is set to invest AED 600 billion (US$163.3 billion) by 2050 in the sector. It is hoped 75% of the country’s power output will be from clean energy.

Mohammed Bin Rashid Solar Park announced plans to build a solar energy plant, which will be able to generate 5GW of power by 2030. Similarly, the GCC’s installed solar capacity is expected to reach 76GW by 2020.

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