CleanEnergy has demonstrated success in providing geoexchange solutions for hotels. One such project is Planet Traveller, in downtown Toronto, where Tom Rand and his business partner Anthony Aarts have just built the greenest hotel in North America. Their goal was to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80% from a “business as usual” scenario.
Rand had predicted that there would be many technologies necessary to meet his green goal, but when he learned about geoexchange he knew he’d found his silver bullet - the geoexchange system installed at Planet Traveller accounts for 70% of the greenhouse gas emission reductions for the hotel. Rand predicts he will save over 50% on his monthly in energy costs, and he can expect to have a payback in approximately 4 years. CleanEnergy was instrumental in providing the equipment, drilling and installing the ground loop.
Located in downtown Toronto, accessing space to drill the boreholes proved to be a challenge. The building occupied the entire footprint of the property, so the City of Toronto made history by granting CleanEnergy access to the public laneway beside the building for installation of the ground loop. They went so far as to pass a resolution encouraging the use of Toronto’s public land for geo installations, setting up a task force to determine the process.
Planet Traveller Feature in Yonge Street
Planet Traveller was featured in the February 24th edition of Yonge Street, a weekly online magazine that focuses on talent, innovation, diversity and quality of life stories in the Toronto region. Read more.
Planet Traveller at TEDx in Toronto
At TEDxTO in September 2009, Tom Rand spoke about developing the greenest hotel in North America: Planet Traveller. In Tom’s words, “geoexchange is the lowest hanging fruit on the renewable energy tree” and an obvious choice for heating and cooling the super efficient hotel. The geoexchange system alone accounted for 70% of the 80% reduction from business-as-usual carbon emissions. CleanEnergy installed the system, including drilling, tie-in, and equipment supply.