The Premier Inn has embraced solar photovoltaic technology, installing arrays at its hotels across the South of England. Whitbread, Premier Inn’s parent company hopes that its solar initiative will help it realise its ambition of achieving a 26 percent reduction in its carbon emissions be 2020.

The solar installations will help the hospitality company slash its carbon footprint by more than 42 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.

Chris George, Head of Energy and Environment at Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, said:  “As a leading hospitality business, we have an extensive estate of restaurants and hotels where we can employ innovative carbon saving technologies to drive down our carbon emissions and reduce our energy and carbon bills.

“Solar photovoltaic panels have performed well at our latest sustainable hotel at Camborne in Cornwall. Rolling out the technology across other selected properties will boost our environmental performance even further and takes us a step closer towards achieving our carbon reduction targets.”

Energy efficiency supplier Anesco, were commissioned to install solar PV panels at the following Premier Inn locations; Liskeard, Fraddon, St Austell, Helston, Truro, Tring, Bodmin, Barnstable and Lockyers Quay and Sutton Harbour in Plymouth.

The energy generated will be supplied back to the ten hotels and restaurants to lower their energy consumption, or exported back to the national grid when energy demand from the hotels is low.