If you've driven down South Virginia Street, you've probably seen the Peppermill. You may not know that the property has its own geothermal plant that provides heat to the whole facility. The property tapped into the resource in the 70's and took a gamble on a large-scale project back in 2010. It's now the largest of its kind in the country.
It took the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino $9.7 million and 4,400 feet of drilling, but the resort completed one of the most ambitious geothermal projects in the United States in 2010, tapping into a vast reservoir of natural geothermal activity more than three quarters of a mile underground to heat the property's two million square feet of hotel, resort and casino operations.
Several years after making that investment, the decision to invest in geothermal energy is paying off in spades for the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino. The property has saved $2.2 million in natural gas bills they used to pay each year, and their carbon footprint has been drastically reduced by 12,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year, using the sustainable energy resource.
The Peppermill's pools, hot tubs, domestic water for showers, and mechanical systems, generate all of their heating energy from their geothermal operation 24 hours a day seven days a week. In addition to pumping the naturally heated water from the ground, the resort has also installed a reinjection well that returns the geothermal fluids back underground, to be reheated by the volcanic energy after it has heated the property.
While the state-of-the-art geothermal system headlines the Peppermill's green initiatives, the resort has invested millions more in making every facet of its operation more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. This combination of green initiatives makes The Peppermill Resort Spa Casino one of the leading examples of environmental stewardship in the nation:
Some of you know, that prior to getting my Real Estate license in 2004 - I worked at the Peppermill Hotel Casino for 22 years.
Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, Reno's premiere AAA Four-Diamond resort, boasting 1,635 luxurious guest rooms including the 600 room all-suite Tuscany Tower. Embark on a pampered journey at the remarkable 3-story, 33,000 square foot Spa & Salon Toscana featuring 24 treatment rooms, the nation's only Caldarium with indoor pool, sun deck and Secret Garden and a full-service salon. Enjoy slots, table games and poker in our beautiful 82,000 square foot casino and race & sports book. Resort amenities include a posh 9,900 square-foot fitness center; two beautiful pools and three outdoor jetted spas, heated with geothermal energy; designer boutique shopping; Reno's hottest nightspot, EDGE; 16 bars and lounges, including the iconic Fireside Lounge; and 10 award-winning restaurants offering authentic Chinese, inspired Italian, steaks and chops, seafood, buffet, deli and café dining.