Health spas now good for the environment too
Spa baths in Europe and the US are turning to solar energy to relax their impact on the environment and soothe their expenses. Čatež Thermal Springs in Slovenia serves as a prime example. Canadian Solar recently supplied 3,350 solar modules for their rooftop installation and the 800 kW PV system was built by local project developer, Solar Metronik. The highly efficient CS6P-P modules will produce at least 860,000 kWh of electricity every year. In addition, the CO2 emissions will be reduced significantly.
“We recommended Canadian Solar modules to Čatež Thermal Springs because of their proven performance and reliability, important considerations for business who want a guaranteed return on their investment over the long term,” said Benjamin Cokan, Director Metronik solar.
Chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar, Dr. Shawn Qu responded: “The Čatež project was particularly interesting for us. It shows that own-use PV systems are viable independent of feed-in tariffs and can play an important role in perform in protecting business owners from rising energy costs.”
At least as important to the developers was the environmentally friendly nature of the project. "Čatež is part of an international trend in the global tourism industry which is moving toward investment in clean, sustainable electricity. Leisure businesses use the fact that they are environmentally friendly to sell themselves to their customers,” said Metronik’s Cokan.
This trend is reflected by the mantra of the ecologically aware traveller on the Mother Nature Network: “Your concern for the planet doesn’t have to take a vacation when you do.” This site and others like it recommend locations to tourists based largely on a given location’s environmental impact and, in particular, their commitment to using various forms of renewable energy, including solar.
The increasing power of renewable energy as a tourist attractor is further born out by the support of site’s like National Geographic’s sustainable travel page, which catalogues a large list of resources for both users and providers of sustainable tourism. With this kind of momentum it can’t be long before the use of renewables by tourist destinations is the norm rather than the exception.