May 8, 2014
Pear Energy, clean energy provider for homes and businesses nationwide, and Two Bunch Palms Spa Resort, located outside of Palm Springs, have partnered to create the first carbon-neutral wellness resort in North America. Under the agreement, Pear will finance and construct a 550-kW solar photovoltaic (PV) installation for the resort. Upon completion, the installation will provide enough renewable energy to offset 100% of Two Bunch Palms’ electric power consumption.
“Having the first carbon neutral resort in the United States will be a perfect complement to our city's world-famous natural, healing hot spring waters,” said City of Desert Hot Springs Mayor Adam Sanchez Sr.
“With Pear Energy’s support, Two Bunch Palms is expanding the definition of wellness for our industry beyond the mind, body and spirit connection to include a broader sustainable philosophy that recognizes the interplay between personal wellbeing and planetary health,” said Kevin M. Kelly, CEO of Two Bunch Palms. “In practical terms, this sustainable approach is good for business: our power purchase agreement with Pear will reduce our energy costs. This allows us to put those operational savings into future wellness programming to enhance our guest experience.”
Two Bunch Palms’ sustainability endeavors also include initiatives dedicated to recycling, water reuse, new energy efficiency hot water heaters, windows and doors, and the use of nontoxic water-based cleaning products and natural materials.
“Running a world-class resort and spa requires a lot of energy, and a serious commitment to sustainability is no easy feat,” said Robert Pollin, president of Pear Energy. “By tackling the financial roadblocks of adopting renewable energy, Pear can do its part to expand access to renewable energy for environmentally-minded organizations. We commend the team at Two Bunch Palms for its commitment to both personal and planetary health.”
Construction for the ground-mounted system is scheduled to occur simultaneously with Two Bunch Palms’ room renovation in summer and fall 2014. Pear Energy provided financing for the project through a 21-year power purchase agreement (PPA), with Lighthouse Solar managing the installation process.
About Pear Energy
Pear Energy connects businesses and consumers to affordable clean energy. The company provides access to 100-percent clean energy from community wind and solar installations, and develops renewable energy and energy efficiency projects with leading partners in sustainability. Pear donates 50 percent of its profits to organizations working to reverse climate change and build the green economy.
About Two Bunch Palms
Two Bunch Palms is located in the heart of the California desert at 67-425 Two Bunch Palms Trail, Desert Hot Springs, CA and is home to the famed hot mineral springs that archeologists report have been flowing on the site for 600 years. The site also served as an oasis for settlers that refer to the “two bunches of palms” watering hole in journals dating back to 1857. Two Bunch Palms seeks to reconnect with its historic legacy by staying grounded to the natural elements while bringing in best-in-class wellness experiences through its four pillars of service: World-class hot mineral waters, healing spa treatments, healthier gourmet food and movement & fitness programs. The resort has been recognized by SpaFinder, Spas of America, Spa Magazine and USA Today for Best Mineral Springs, Readers Choice Awards for Top Spa and Mineral Springs, and Top Ten Places to Relax Mind and Body.
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