July 22, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Aitken Spence Hotels has reopened its oldest hotel after refurbishment, converting it into an ayurveda health resort with solar power panels and plans for a biogas plan using kitchen waste. The 64-room beach front Neptune Hotel on the southern coast has been renamed Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara, a company statement said.
The hotel has cut energy costs, the second highest expenditure component after staff, by using Light Emitting Diodes for garden lighting, Compact Fluorescent Lamps in public areas and rooms and fluorescent bulbs in other areas.
“This is equivalent to a reduction in the hotel’s carbon footprint by 21 tonnes,” the statement said. “The savings from this initiative can be used to power 25 average Sri Lankan households for an entire year.”
The hotel has also installed solar photovoltaic panels with a 3.5 kW capacity, converting solar energy directly into electricity, to charge batteries for night lighting and feed any excess power to the grid via a net metering agreement.
Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara also plans to set up a biogas plant using kitchen garbage as the primary source for the production of biogas.
All wet garbage produced by the hotel