LUX* South Ari Atoll launches groundbreaking solar power project

LUX* South Ari Atoll has officially launched its solar energy system that will utilise all available roof spaces on the island.

Part of an initiative to become a more environment-friendly resort running on clean energy, the solar power system will be coupled with offshore SolarSea platforms by next year to reach the desired solar power production capacity. The system will work together in hybrid mode with the diesel powerhouse of the island, and reduce the diesel consumption of combustion generators.

The estimated savings are around 234,000 litres of diesel per year, which corresponds to 620 tons of CO2 for the same period of time. This equivalents to driving 3.2 million kilometres by car or driving 81 times around the world by car every year.

“We are proud to have this project installed at LUX* South Ari Atoll. We always see ways to add value and put ourselves as a leading sustainability resort in the Maldives. Once Phase II of this project is in motion, we will be able to manage energy better and find ways to effectively save on the cost of producing energy on the island itself,” Jonas Amstad, General Manager at LUX* South Ari Atoll, was quoted in a statement, as saying.

The project is implemented in partnership with Swimsol, the leading solar energy company in Maldives and a global leader in offshore photovoltaics. The Austrian company has extensive expertise in island micro-grids and heavy-duty tropical solar PV systems as well as a large team in the Maldives for operation and maintenance.

“This is a milestone project showing what a high-end island resort can achieve with solar technology. So much diesel is saved and cost is reduced by using the roofs and the ocean for solar panels. For us, LUX* South Ari Atoll is an amazing partner in our quest to bring clean energy to the Maldives,” Thomas Siebenbrunner, Head of Sales at Swimsol, said.

The latest green initiative by LUX* South Ari Atoll follows a recent launch of an ambitious year-long plan to combat plastic pollution.

Cutting-edge designer villas and world-class dining can be found only a 30-minute seaplane flight away from the main Velana International Airport, making LUX* South Ari Atoll one of the most exciting resorts in the Maldives.

With 187 private villas dotted at the water’s edge along four kilometres of powder fine beach or perched on stilts above a crystal clear lagoon, these spacious pavilions and villas bring an entirely original vibe of coastal, beach house chic to the Maldives.

Excellent eating and drinking is always a cut above the rest at LUX*, and at LUX* South Ari Atoll, there is authentic South East Asian street food in the Maldives’ only over-the-water gourmet night market and world-class Chinese cuisine at East, along with the Japanese restaurant Umami, which offers live teppanyaki and dazzling selection of sakés.

While the resort has a PADI-certified dive centre, two infinity pools, a floodlit tennis court, a fitness centre and a renowned spa which hosts a wellness concierge and a menu of indulgent treatments, what sets the property apart from its neighbours are surprises, or better known as #ReasonstogoLUX. Designed to create lasting memories for guests, these ‘reasons’ can range from island-roasted coffee in Café LUX* to impromptu movie screenings at cinema paradise and the chance to hang your wishes on the Tree of Wishes.

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