Njange Maina @NjangeWaEunice
Serena Hotels Group has won a prestigious global award for using sustainable energy in its laundry business.
Serena received the accolades at the award ceremony, Global Best Practice Awards held in Milan city, in Italy, last weekend. The award named Extraordinary Business Case and CSR was accorded to Serena’s Kilaguni Lodge based in Tsavo National Park.
Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge uses solar power for its electricity needs, which interested the panel of judges seeking to identify businesses that meet customer needs in a sustainable manner. The lodge was identified as the first in the area to implement a fully fledged electricity system powered by the sun.
The power is used for lighting, laundry and cooking at the lodge. The power panels produce a combined power of 307KWh and on normal conditions; the power is enough to sustain all the energy requirements of the lodge.
When solar power is insufficient, the hotel powers its facilities with synchronised generators.
Serena group engineer, Abdulkadir Rahim, says the hotel is committed to sustainable energy practices.
“We have also recently installed a solar-power plant at the Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge and are committed in replicating this model at the other Serena Hotel properties in Africa,” says Rahim.
According to Kilaguni Lodge manager Dan Chahenza, there is a rising demand by tourists who are sensitive about ecology.
“Despite being remotely located in the park; we have successfully managed to use a clean-renewable source of energy to fully run the lodge operations without restricting energy uses by our guests,” he said.
Serena Hotels offers quality accommodation in a collection of 24 up-market hotels, safari lodges, camps and resorts within six countries in the Eastern African region (Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Rwanda and Mozambique) and 11 properties in Asia( Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan).