LUX South Ari Atoll invests in sustainable energy solution

LUX South Ari Atoll invests in sustainable energy solution
LUX South Ari Atoll
Published: 27 September 2019 - 9 a.m.
By: Claudia De Brito
The world´s largest solar system floating at sea has been installed at LUX South Ari Atoll. The technology called SolarSea gathers solar energy from platforms in the ocean to power the island in an eco-friendly fashion.

The five-star luxury resort partnered with the leading solar provider Swimsol, an Austrian-Maldivian company, which developed the first patented floating solar power system that is designed to withstand the harsh conditions of the waves, storms and saltwater.

“Innovation is key to achieving true sustainability, and we are happy to partner with Swimsol to work towards our goal of minimizing our ecological footprint. As one of the biggest resort islands in the Maldives, we aim to lead the way with eco-tourism and marine conservation work in our region as part of our commitment to good governance, social responsibility and respect for environmental standards”, said Jonas Amstad, general manager at LUX South
Ari Atoll.

The resort is already using a rooftop system with the same solar company. Once all suitable roofs were covered with solar panels, the resort decided to expand beyond the shoreline with twelve SolarSea platforms. This allowed the solar capacity to increase by 40% to 678 kWp, enough to power all guest villas with solar energy during peak sun hours. The result is cheaper energy and a saving of more than 260,000 litres of diesel per year.

Guests can follow a live solar tracker on their in-villa IPTV that will indicate the energy produced, diesel saved as well as the equivalent of carbon dioxide emission savings to offset the number of long-haul flights.

The ocean benefits as well. The platforms provide shelter for juvenile fish and invertebrates, acting like fish-aggregating devices. To avoid any negative effects, the platforms float above the sandy seabed, avoiding the coral reefs. Free-swimming coral larvae can even use the platforms to grow into adult colonies, which can then be replanted on the ocean floor.

The combined rooftop and SolarSea system at LUX South Ari Atoll is currently one of the largest solar installations in the country. Plans to further increase the solar capacity are already underway.

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