A solar powered hotel will be the first hotel in the US to heat and cool its premises using geothermal energy.
Opened in May this year, the Ohio-based hotel uses a range of renewable energy sources including solar and geothermal energy and has also incorporated sustainable features such as serving locally-sourced foods anodising recycled building products.
The college-owned LEED-certified 70-guestroom Hotel at Oberlin will use its profits to create student scholarships at Oberlin College.
The new hotel designed by Chicago architects SCB is the fifth hotel in the United States built to the US Green Building Council LEED Platinum standard and the first in the country to use geothermal-fuelled radiant cooling and heating.
Using solar panels, the hotel aims to produce 100 percent of its power to achieve carbon zero energy level.