The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort recently installed six 4kW wind turbines on its rooftop, which are expected to produce 10 percent of the hotel’s electricity. Manufactured by Urban Green Energy (UGE), the turbines will power lighting in 372 guestrooms and public areas and are expected to return the $500,000 investment in less than 10 years.
Fitting the turbines required help from the tallest crane in the state of Florida. Installed on the roof of a 25 story building, the highly visible form part of a larger green program that includes a wind-powered rooftop lounge currently in the design stage. Besides the turbines, the hotel management is considering installing photovoltaics in order to boost their renewable energy supply. The resort, which has already acquired a food waste decomposition system, is also planning to install an electric vehicle charging station in the next two months.
The hotel’s dedication to sustainability dates back to its 2007 opening. Since then it has consistently gone beyond Florida’s environmental regulations to preserve the sunshine state’s environment. In addition to winning the Florida Green Lodging designation, the first in Broward Country to do so, the resort boasts many other green programs such as paper recycling, eco-friendly lighting and automatic flush-o-meters in public restrooms.