In the services sector, hotels are a high energy consumer, which offers a good opportunity to promote the use of renewable energy sources, including solar thermal, in the tourism sector, especially in the Mediterranean region, as this paper emphasizes.
This paper goes through the potential of the RES' use in the total energy consumption of hotels situated in the Spanish Balearic Islands, a very famous touristic destination, with about half a million beds available.
Conclusions of the study point out that solar energy for water heating is a good investment, in terms of price, profit and payback time. The hotel sector is therefore perfectly placed to provide the necessary impetus for change in business behavior in the tourism sector.
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