Westin Princeville completes carbon reduction project

The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, located on the Hawaiian island of Kaua‘i, announced the completion of a multimillion-dollar project to install a cogeneration plant and reduce its carbon footprint in the Hawaiian Islands. The cogen plant will generate electricity and steam for the 18.5 acre Kaua‘i hotel, powering the resort’s eight buildings, heating water in guest villas as well as the resort’s four pools and three whirlpools.


  • It is the first instance in the Hawaiian Islands where a cogen system has the capacity to generate up to 100% of a resort’s energy needs.
  • On a day-to-day basis, the cogen plant will power approximately 90% of the resort’s electrical consumption and 100% of the resort’s heat consumption in all guest villas, pools and whirlpools.
  • It is anticipated that there will be a 50% decrease in energy expenses, generating cleaner energy and the capacity to sustain 100% of the energy required at the resort.


  • Read the original Press Release
  • Learn more about Starwood‘s Global Citizenship strategy.
  • Read the Carbon Trusts guidance for energy management in hotels.


Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smithhttp://www.jmcsmith.com
Jeremy Smith is the editor and co-founder of Travindy. He is a writer and communications consultant working for a more responsible and sustainable tourism industry. He is the author of two books, writes a fortnightly blog on responsible tourism for World Travel Market, and provides consultancy to a wide range of companies and organisations, ranging from National Parks to individual hotels and tour operators.

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