Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
connected its first RoofSolar inverter, and in doing so turned on
one of Maldives’ largest resort-based solar installations.
The ambitious project comprises 3,105 panels and spans 5,380
square metres (58,000 square feet) – the roof surface of the staff
village – and has been installed by Swimsol, specialists in
tropical coastal-region solar systems.
It is estimated that the
new solar set-up will produce between 900,000 and 1.1
million kWh of energy every year and save between 250,000 and
300,000 litres (55,000-66,000 gallons) of diesel, which
corresponds to 650-800 tons of CO2.
Putting this data into perspective, the annual
savings equate to powering all 103 of Landaa’s luxurious guest
rooms, villas, and suites for 32 days or charging one of the
resort’s eco-friendly electric golf cars more than 82,000 times.
In daily terms, it’s the daily equivalent of powering 15 Villas
for 24 hours; applying reverse osmosis technology to 540 cubic metres (19,000 cubic feet) of water at the
desalination plant; or washing and drying 3,350 kilograms (7,400
pounds) of laundry.
Finally, looking at the diesel-saving
ability, the annual figure equates to driving around the world 94
times – with the corresponding annual CO2 reduction eliminating
the emissions of 544 flights between London to Male.
Atoll home became Maldives’ first UNESCO World Biosphere
Reserve in 2011 on account of its unique harmony between man and
nature, and we take our role in preserving that status very
seriously,” said Armando Kraenzlin, Four Seasons Resorts
Maldives Regional Vice President. “This project is an important
rung on our conservation ladder and takes us a step closer to
reaching our eventual goal of becoming carbon-neutral.”
Conservation at Landaa has been a serious topic since the
opened in 2006. Plastic reduction has been a top priority with
paper straws introduced in 2010 and reusable glass water bottles
in 2012, saving 365,000 plastic bottles annually. The latest
partnership with Parley recycles any leftover plastic into
clothes, shoes and more.
In addition, Landaa runs one of
Maldives’ leading centres of marine conservation and research,
working in partnership with local and national environmental
agencies and employing 10 full-time marine biologists to deliver
pioneering activities every day including turtle rehabilitation,
coral propagation, manta research, sustainable fish breeding,
anemone mapping, dolphin ID and more.