A resort on Kauai's North Shore is going greener -- something travelers like -- and cutting its electric bill by as much as half, thanks to a co-generation plant.
To reduce its carbon footprint and save money, the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas has completed construction of a power plant that features co-generation. It still requires fuel, but this plant captures and uses the thermal energy that typical power stations waste.
The Westin Princeville's new system provides about 90% of the resort's electrical needs. It's also producing the hot water needed for all eight buildings as well as four swimming pools and three whirlpools.
The Westin's co-gen system is capable of producing up to 100% of a resort's energy needs, a statement says.
With nearly 350 villas, the Westin Princeville is among the largest consumers of electricity on Kauai. Most of the island's electricity is generated by imported diesel fuel.