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A Smart, New, ‘No Brainer’ Way to Build Hotels

Glenn Hasek

Tesla has built a huge following because of its sleek electric vehicles (EVs) but the company offers much more than EVs. It has also developed its own unique solar panels, solar tiles made from tempered glass, Powerwalls for home energy storage, and Powerpacks for larger-scale energy storage for buildings such as hotels.

I bring up Tesla because a California company, S2A Modular, is combining its modular building techniques with Tesla energy storage technology to make net zero hotels not only possible but affordable as well. What S2A Modular is doing has the potential to dramatically change our industry.

I spoke with John Rowland, Co-founder and President of S2A Modular, this past week and he told me his company is less than one year old but already has an 80-room hotel under development in northern California. It will require zero power from the grid and in fact could end up supplying electricity back to the grid—all thanks to Tesla technology and a modular structure engineered to be highly efficient.

Net Zero Hotels Can Be Built Throughout United States

Although their company is less than one year old, Rowland and his team bring years of modular building and Tesla technology experience to the table. They are currently building a factory in California where the modules for homes and commercial buildings will be assembled. Rowland told me his company can build a hotel anywhere in the United States. “We can facilitate orders with other factories we work with,” he says. “They will build to our specifications.”

The hotel in northern California will use a Tesla Powerpack to store energy for nighttime hours. Storage units are scaled up to meet the size of the hotel and its energy demands. Rowland says hotels his company will build will incorporate smart technology to help minimize energy consumption.

Cost is always a factor when building hotels, but Rowland says developers can cut 8 percent to 10 percent over traditional construction by using the methods engineered by S2A Modular. “A lot of that comes from the time savings,” he says.

S2A Modular is proving that modular construction and solar technology are great matches for one another—a great way to reduce the carbon impact of a hotel and easily the story of the year so far.

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