Wynn Boston Harbor hotel bundles storage, efficiency - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage, Commercial, Distributed Generation, Solar  -  October 13, 2017

Wynn hotel looks to bundle storage, solar, cogen

A Wynn Resorts hotel and casino in development at Boston Habor is reportedly working with a number of partners on plans to implement an energy storage project that will complement two cogeneration plants, rooftop solar and LED lighting already planned for the property. 

Local newspaper the Chelsea Record reported Oct. 13 that Wynn Boston Harbor expects to use battery technology to store power onsite, with hopes of contributing to an overall energy usage that is 60% less than what is estimated for a building of its size without energy storage. The newspaper quoted Chris Gordon, president of Wynn Design and Development Massachusetts as saying the overall design of the building and use of new materials will also contribute to its efficiency. 

Altogether, the strategy is expected will make the hotel one of the most efficient in the region.

"The interesting thing is when you look at green buildings … it comes down to less energy usage … These buildings are so well insulated and sealed that you save a lot just on leaks. The window seals are so much better than they were 30 years ago, it's amazing. You save when you use less," the newspaper quoted Gordon as saying. "Interestingly enough, years ago people started to build green buildings because it was the right thing to do. Now it's a good business decision and a good environmental decision."

The company has reportedly been in talks with a number of suppliers but has not yet selected who it will work with to implement energy storage at the Wynn Boston Harbor. The newspaper reported

Perhaps setting the pace for efficiency is a program that will likely be the first of its kind in the Boston area – an emerging technology using battery storage devices to optimize energy usage. It's something Gordon said is very new, but he predicted would likely be in every building, and in several homes, in the near future.

Massachusetts recently created a goal of having 200 MWh of energy storage in the state by 2020. 

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