Saskatchewan Motel 6 installs solar roof panels

MOOSOMIN, SK — The Motel 6 in Moosomin, Sask., has installed roof-mounted tube panels, utilizing the sun as a natural heat source, it was announced Jan. 12.

MOOSOMIN, SK — The
Motel 6 in Moosomin, Sask., has installed roof-mounted tube panels, utilizing
the sun as a natural heat source, it was announced Jan. 12.

“We are very proud to see our franchise partner’s
commitment to finding innovative ways to help our environment,” said Dean
Savas, executive vice-president, franchise and international development at G6
Hospitality, in a release. “This solar initiative aligns with our desire to
embed sustainability into every part of our business operations.”

Josef Tesar, the owner of the property, oversaw
the hotel’s development, including its green initiative and solar panel
installation. Each solar panel consists of 20 tubes, which are vacuum formed
and allow for the wind and cold Canadian temperatures to have minimal effects
on the efficiency of the evacuated collector.

“The 76-room Motel 6 in Moosomin, Saskatchewan
is making major strides in decreasing its carbon footprint with the use of a
solar water heating system that reduces the hotel’s natural gas usage
seasonally and has resulted in an average 30 to 40 per cent cost savings,” said
Tesar. “We believe using a solar water heating system will have an impact on
operational costs and therefore expect to see a reduction on hot water expenses
and overall environmental emissions after the initial installation.”

Recently, the Motel 6 brand also undertook a renovation
to implement its Phoenix room design, which includes environmentally-friendly
features such as fluorescent light bulbs in all rooms, low-flow shower heads,
high efficiency toilets, and high efficiency heating and air-conditioning units,
across most of its properties.