The Maldivian archipelago has its best assets in its natural beauty. From the crystal-clear turquoise waters to the pristine white sandy beaches, the physical attributes are prominent selling points of Maldives as a destination. Located on Huruvalhi Island in the Raa Atoll, luxury resort The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives has announced the installation of solar panels as part of its commitment to sustainability and eco-friendly practices.
The resort has been using solar energy as its main source of electricity since November 2023 and plans to transition into a fully solar-powered resort. “Replacing carbon-intensive products with climate-friendly alternatives is an important step in winning the climate battle,” said Boripat Louichareon, the Managing Director of Standard Asia. “Currently, our new solar system has a capacity of 750 kWp (kilowatt-peak), which enables us to save about 230,000 liters of fuel per year. This translates to a reduction of 588.8 tons of CO2 emissions annually. We are testing the system and plan to substantially expand its capacity in the coming years.”
Besides the solar panels being the green initiative of the resort, The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives has also banned single-use plastic and replaced plastic bottled water with glass bottles that are filled on-site. Additionally, the resort switched to low-wattage LED bulbs and eco-friendly villa amenities and composted its organic waste on a nearby island to fertilize its fruit and vegetable gardens.
The resort also encourages its guests and staff to use bicycles as their preferred mode of transportation alongside electric-powered buggies. Visitors can learn more about the property’s Coral Conservation Initiative and visit the coral nursery, where a team of dive specialists restore the reef damaged by human activity and climate change to its healthy self by building a coral garden.
“Since the resort’s opening in 2019, we have been striving to run the island on clean energy instead of fossil fuels. Our solar project is an important step towards making The Standard Huruvalhi a carbon-neutral resort that preserves this stunning island that we call home,” Louichareon added.
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