The hotel industry has taken steps to comply with the Paris Climate Agreement, which sets the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 ° C. Increasing energy costs have also recently accelerated these investments. Many hotel groups around the world aim to supply 100% of the energy consumed from renewable sources. The hotels plan to increase the number of solar panels and use sustainable resources in the coming years. Meanwhile, the decision made by the Energy Market Regulator (EMRA) to “produce what is used” seems to be upsetting the industry. Industry representatives point out that the sector works seasonally by its nature and that each month there is a different volume of consumption. According to the world average, 20% of the energy consumed in hotels is obtained from renewable sources.
Hotels in the Aegean, Marmara and Mediterranean produce electricity on their roofs
Pointing to the increase in investments in renewable energy, ÇATIGES CEO Utku Korkmaz said: “Hotels in Turkey have also accelerated their investments in SPP. In this context, we have installed more than 60 tourism businesses in 15 cities. The Aegean, Marmara and Mediterranean regions lead the way in these investments ”. Noting that the Aegean is ahead in terms of tourism and individual projects, Korkmaz said that Thrace and the Aegean region are places with a high awareness and demand for industrial-scale projects. Expressing that he has designed the roofs of many hotels to generate electricity from the sun with solar power plants over the past 3 years, Korkmaz said: “Many hotels in the Aegean, Marmara and Mediterranean regions produce electricity on their roofs.”
25 MW installation in 4 years
Expressing that the sector has taken concrete and decisive measures to reduce rising energy costs and global carbon emissions, Korkmaz said: “There are about 9,000 buildings used for hotel purposes in Turkey. These buildings are thought to cover an area of 8 million square meters. Considering the usable facilities and their roof areas, a potential of around 300 MW is calculated for Turkey, “he said. Noting that the sector can establish a potential of 25 MW in 3-4 years, specific to the defined capacities, Korkmaz said: “Currently there are no obstacles or disturbing situations regarding the installation of SPP on the roofs of the hotels.”
Hotel with unsuitable roof purchased land
Arda Gökçe, Chairman of the Board of Göze Energy, said that all sectors have recently turned to SPP investments with rising energy prices and 4th region incentives for renewables, adding that this situation creates an increase in renewable energy demand. Emphasizing that the tourism industry has made serious investments in this area, Gökçe said: “We are currently installing SPPs in 4 large hotels. Our demand is too high. Especially the owners of the hotels, where the installation of GES in their business was not available, bought land or went to rent it. We expect these projects to start step by step. Most of the companies in Antalya, Belek, Manavgat and Alanya have bought land from Isparta to Burdur ”.
The EMRA decision could cause a slowdown
Noting that the tourism sector has begun to attack for the installation of GES, Gökçe stressed that the latest decision by the Energy Market Regulator (EMRA) could cause these investments to slow down. Gökçe said: “In the past, the electricity produced could be fed into the grid via the investor tariff without limits. Now a limit has been set. You will grill as much as you consume. This situation was a bad picture for seasonal hotels. In fact, it will stop the plans and payments of all companies making their investments accordingly. Taking such a decision in the absence of an irregular situation is a big mistake, especially when there is an energy crisis in the world “.
Goal: to reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2030
Utku Korkmaz, CEO of ÇATIGES, stated that they are taking action to get their energy from renewable sources, be it hotel chains or boutique hotels around the world, and to become a consumer, that is, a ‘prosumer’ who also produces electricity, and he said : “According to their 2030 commitments, hotel chains operate on properties they own, manage, rent or franchise. Aim for a reduction of at least 50% in energy emissions used. The goal is that the new hotels to be built by 2030 operate at very low / zero carbon emissions. Energy plans that maximize the role of renewable energies are being implemented all over the world, particularly in the tourism sector ”.