First solar-powered hotel opens in West Virginia

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The Quality Inn in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., is opening as the first fully solar-powered hotel in West Virginia. 

The property was formerly the Cliffside Quality Inn, and was acquired last year by outdoor adventure company River Riders. The company renovated the inn to expand its amenities, conference, food service and activity offerings.

As part of the update, the hotel is now home to the third largest solar array in West Virginia. The system was installed by Mountain View Solar of Berkeley Springs, and consists of 289 SolarWorld 285W modules, capable of producing enough energy to offset an estimated $10,000 annual energy bill. An electric vehicle charger is also being installed in the hotel parking lot for guest use.

The solar panels have been installed on the back of the hotel to gain access to sun exposure. A display in the hotel lobby shows 24/7 visual coverage of the energy output of the system, as well as other data.