Unison Energy designed, built, and continues to own and operate the 6 MW system, which now provides the facility with over 85% of its electricity. The system captures waste heat to provide 1.3 million therms of hot water annually, offsetting over 60% of the hot water system’s natural gas usage and allowing Gaylord to shut down three of the five boilers on site while keeping the remaining two boilers on low-fire during warmer months.
With Unison Energy’s CHP system in place, Gaylord has reduced its energy costs by approximately $1 million a year, a 15% drop from prior total energy spending. The resort has also lowered its carbon footprint by an impressive 35,000 tons per year, representing a 59% reduction compared to the Maryland electricity grid. What’s more, Gaylord staff now have peace of mind knowing the lights will stay on for hotel guests and convention hosts, even during grid outages.
Almost two years into operations, Patrick Chaffin, COO of Ryman Hospitality, said, “Unison Energy has been a reliable and dependable partner. Their team is responsive, proactive, and very professional. When the CHP system has issues they fix them quickly and take ownership of the situation. For Ryman, this has resulted in greater power resilience, bottom-line savings, and environmental sustainability.”