The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives goes green with solar power
The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives, a luxury resort located on Huruvalhi Island in the Raa Atoll, 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, with plans in place to have the island completely solar powered.
“Replacing carbon-intensive products with climate-friendly alternatives is an important step in winning the climate battle. 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,” said Boripat Louichareon, Managing Director of Standard Asia.
The solar panels are not the only green initiative that the resort has implemented. The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives has also banned single-use plastic, replaced bottled water with glass bottles that are filled on-site, switched to low-wattage LED bulbs and eco-friendly villa amenities, and composts 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. At the Dive Center, holidaymakers can learn 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,” added Louichareon.