Two Bunch Palms Spa Resort Adding Solar to Its Attractions, with Help from Pear Energy

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Pear Energy and Two Bunch Palms Spa Resort partner to install a 550 kW solar PV system at the resort. The installation is expected to provide enough renewable energy to offset 100% of Two Bunch Palms’ electric power consumption.

 

Two Bunch Palms Spa Resort, located outside of Palm Springs, California, is a relaxation destination for Hollywood A-listers. It has another claim to fame as a favorite hideout for Al Capone. But it will soon have even more going for it. The resort will be home to a solar electric system, its latest step toward becoming the first carbon-neutral spa and resort in the U.S.

Is this a new trend? Just a week ago we heard about a resort in Utah getting the largest commercial solar installation in that state.

It makes sense. These resorts feature natural settings and have a focus on sustainability. In becoming more green, resorts can extend their focus on wellness beyond personal well-being to include the health of the planet. And it doesn’t hurt that they can save money by generating clean energy.

So Two Bunch Palms is going solar. The resort is partnering with Pear Energy, a clean energy provider for homes and businesses, to become the first carbon-neutral wellness resort in North America.

Under the agreement, Pear Energy will finance and construct a 550 kW solar PV installation for the resort. The installation will provide enough renewable energy to offset 100% of Two Bunch Palms’ electric power consumption.

“Having the first carbon neutral resort in the United States will be a perfect complement to our city’s world-famous natural, healing hot spring waters,” said City of Desert Hot Springs Mayor Adam Sanchez Sr.

“With Pear Energy’s support, Two Bunch Palms is expanding the definition of wellness for our industry beyond the mind, body and spirit connection to include a broader sustainable philosophy that recognizes the interplay between personal well-being and planetary health,” said Kevin M. Kelly, CEO of Two Bunch Palms. “In practical terms, this sustainable approach is good for business: our power purchase agreement with Pear will reduce our energy costs. This allows us to put those operational savings into future wellness programming to enhance our guest experience.”

Two Bunch Palms’ sustainability initiatives also include recycling, water reuse, new energy-efficient hot water heaters, windows, and doors, and nontoxic water-based cleaning products and natural materials.

“Running a world-class resort and spa requires a lot of energy, and a serious commitment to sustainability is no easy feat,” said Robert Pollin, president of Pear Energy. “By tackling the financial roadblocks of adopting renewable energy, Pear can do its part to expand access to renewable energy for environmentally-minded organizations. We commend the team at Two Bunch Palms for its commitment to both personal and planetary health.”

Construction for the ground-mounted system is scheduled to occur simultaneously with Two Bunch Palms’ room renovation in summer and fall 2014. Pear Energy provided financing for the project through a 21-year power purchase agreement (PPA), with Lighthouse Solar managing the installation process.