INDIANAPOLIS, February 24, 2009 — The Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Downtown, a hotel owned and operated by Rosemont, Ill.-based First Hospitality Group, Inc., has been awarded a $19,600 grant from the Indiana Department of Energy and Defense to install solar panels on the roof of the hotel. Michael Campbell, the general manager of the Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis, made the announcement.
A 4.05 kW solar array will be deployed on the top of the 16-story hotel building, making it one of the largest arrays in Indianapolis. Installation of the solar panels will begin in February 2009.
Following a yearlong competitive application and approval process, Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Downtown received notice of approval for the grant in December 2008.
In addition to the solar panel installation, the grant will also fund an environmental education component, offering guests the opportunity to see first-hand a real-time display of energy production from the solar panels, displayed in the hotel lobby.
“We are honored to have been chosen by the grant committee and are excited to move forward with the solar array,” said Campbell. “This will compliment the wide range of sustainability efforts already implemented at our hotel, and will reinforce the hotel’s commitment to a comfortable, environmentally-conscious stay for guests.”
The Indiana Alternative Power and Energy grant program fosters the growth of sustainable energy systems to help counteract fossil fuel usage and serve as an educational tool.
About First Hospitality Group
First Hospitality Group Inc. has been involved in the development, ownership, and management of hotels since 1985. Currently, the First Hospitality Group, Inc. portfolio of over 35 hotels consists primarily of Hilton and Marriott affiliated assets. In addition, First Hospitality Group, Inc. has ownership interests and manages hotels affiliated with InterContinental, Hyatt, and Starwood. For further information contact Lucy Subhasiriwatana, Marketing Manager at 847-939-5221 or [email protected].