Mohegan Sun Pocono said Feb. 4 that it will install a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system which will provide a reliable, energy-efficient source for heating and electric power and reduce primary energy consumption at its entertainment complex in Plains, Pa.
Installation of the CHP system by Pennsylvania-based UGI HVAC Enterprises Inc. (UGI HVAC) is anticipated to begin in March and be fully operational by fall 2016.
“The implementation of the CHP system is one of our core sustainability initiatives for 2016,” said Mike Bean, President and CEO of Mohegan Sun Pocono. “This system will significantly reduce congestion in the local energy grid while providing us with a reliable, cost-effective energy source. Once fully operational, the electricity and heating from the system is likely to reduce Mohegan Sun Pocono’s carbon footprint by 3,900 metric tons annually, the equivalent of removing 820 vehicles from the road, carbon sequestered from 3,200 acres of forest or the planting of 100,000 trees.”
“We are thankful and excited about our partnership with UGI HVAC,” said Robert J. Soper, President of Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, the owner of Mohegan Sun Pocono. “This project stands as a testament to our commitment to long-term utility planning focused on utilizing cleaner energy sources and leading sustainable hospitality practices.”
UGI HVAC will provide the turnkey CHP system for Mohegan Sun Pocono. UGI Performance Solutions, a business unit of UGI HVAC, developed a system that addressed several areas of need for the facility. Additionally, Mohegan Sun Pocono worked with UGI Utilities to upgrade its natural gas service to support the project.
“We are thrilled to partner with Mohegan Sun Pocono on this project, which continues our expansion of installed CHP capacity to over 2,600 kW in the past three years,” said Kevin Kelleher, Vice President of UGI HVAC. “The system will provide the facility with high-quality power while reducing operating costs and their environmental footprint.”
The estimated cost of Mohegan Sun Pocono’s CHP system is $3 million, and 30% will be financed by a grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
UGI HVAC Enterprises is a wholly owned subsidiary of UGI Corp.
Mohegan Sun Pocono is owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut. Situated on 400 acres in Plains, Pennsylvania, Mohegan Sun Pocono features a 238-room hotel with on-site spa and adjacent 20,000 square-foot Convention Center. It is currently home to 82,000 square feet of gaming space.