Dusit Thani Maldives installs rooftop solar panels for clean, renewable power
Dusit Thani Maldives has installed rooftop solar panels on its main buildings to reduce its carbon footprint and create clean, renewable energy.
Built especially for a tropical climate, each of the high-quality 797 PV panels will feed the grid and reduce annual diesel consumption by up to 86,500 litres. This means the resort’s carbon dioxide emissions will drop by around 229 tonnes – the equivalent of 173 trips from London to the Maldives.
Generating 854 KW of electricity per day on average, the solar panels will be able to power at least 28 villas. Alternatively, the energy can be used to desalinate 171 m3 water, wash and dry 1061 kg laundry, or charge an electric buggy more than 71 times.
“Sustainability is a way of life here at Dusit Thani Maldives, and we are constantly looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint and limit our impact on the environment,” Johann Reinhold, General Manager at Dusit Thani Maldives was quoted in a statement, as saying.
“Combining the two main methods of generating electricity from the sun – photovoltaic and thermal conversion – this new system has the potential to achieve larger economic and environmental returns than wind, solar, or geothermal power, and we look forward to using it to its fullest capacity.”
The solar panels were installed by Swimsol Maldives, a global leader in offshore photovoltaics with more than 22 years of experience in the European solar industry.
“We are delighted to help Dusit Thani Maldives in its mission to lower its carbon footprint. Our systems are built with only the finest materials, and our heavy-duty, high-performance panels undergo stringent tests to ensure they are suitable for tropical marine environments. With a lifetime of around 30 years, the panels can help save significant amounts of energy, having a positive impact on the planet in the process,” Sandra Kriechhammer, Technical Sales and Project Manager at Swimsol Maldives, said.
Located on Mudhdhoo Island in Baa atoll — the Maldives’ first ever UNESCO biosphere reserve — Dusit Thani Maldives blends gracious Thai hospitality with the unparalleled luxury setting of the Maldives. This luxury island resort comprises 94 villas encircled by white sandy beaches, a stunning 360 degree house reef and a turquoise lagoon. With a unique combination of beach and lagoon accommodation, Dusit Thani Maldives provides an unmatched luxurious escape for all travellers.
The resort offers a 360 degree vibrant house reef compliment with a turquoise lagoon, a 750-square metre infinity swimming pool with a lush Banyan tree in the centre, five restaurants and bars with breathtaking views and a Kids Club that is committed to making children’s dreams come true.
The award-winning Devarana Spa at Dusit Thani Maldives encompasses six deluxe treatment pods, which sit elevated amongst the island’s palm trees. For those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground, the spa has also developed two stunning ground level treatment rooms. Manicure and pedicure-dedicated area, private outdoor pool, steam and sauna are exclusively available for spa guests.