ST. GEORGE – People use the internet to read this article. And Black Desert Resort, which is currently under construction in Ivins, will use the same ethernet network that will transmit the Internet throughout the resort to power its lights and other things.
The technology known as “power over ethernet” (PoE) uses the same wires that transmit the Internet to transport electricity. The resort says all of its lighting, guest door card readers and security system and cameras will be PoE-powered.
Introduced in 2003, it is not necessarily a new technology. But it has rarely been used on such a large scale as what is being made in Ivins. According to the resort’s developer, Black Desert will have the world’s greatest power over ethernet installation for a resort.
“We are very aggressive with energy efficiency,” Enlaw LLC owner Patrick Manning told St. George News. “Power over Ethernet allows much of this to happen.”
The resort will include a hotel, accommodation and a retail seafront promenade along with a professionally designed golf course.
According to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), power over ethernet transmits electricity along with data over the same standard data cables used to transmit wired internet.
The biggest benefits, IEEE says, include being able to have a single line that provides both power and Internet to some IT devices, such as cameras and computers. With power consumption a growing concern, it also provides another source of electricity away from the existing power grid.
Manning said that in addition to having its own water supply that will not use any of the existing water supplies in Ivins, this also means that Black Desert Resort will not draw as much out of the city and Washington County’s existing power supply.
“The extent to which Black Desert Resort is harnessing the power of ethernet will result in the largest resort in the world using this incredible energy-saving technology,” Manning said.
There is also a financial gain to be made at the resort with its PoE system.
Manning said the resort could receive as much as a $ 150 million loan from a state and federal program designed to promote efficient and renewable energy consumption.
The commercial property rated clean energy, or C-PACE, program was initiated by the US Department of Energy, but relies on states to actually set up the agencies that manage and allocate funding.
“The intention is to create a government link to encourage and cover the economic costs of energy efficiency,” municipal bond attorney Randy Larsen told Ivin City Council on May 19 during a presentation on Black Desert Resorts’ C-PACE funding.
There are 38 states with C-PACE programs. Utah’s is a pet project by State Senate President Stuart Adams, who sponsored the bill who created the Utah C-PACE in 2017.
Manning said the resort has qualified for a $ 150 million loan and is finalizing the terms. If it’s that much, it’s going to be the biggest C-PACE award in American history. To date, the largest C-PACE funding was $ 89 million for carbon reduction renovations of the 111 Wall Street building in New York City, according to Forbes.
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