- On March 31, 2016
- In Blog
Do you want to live the life in paradise and enjoy an eco-friendly atmosphere while you sip on your piña coladas and other tropical drinks.
If sunny beaches and luxurious living are a part of your ideal trip, then you might as well turn it into a “Green” Getaway and head on over to The Maldives. The Finolhu Villas on Kaafu Atoll is the world’s first 100% solar powered 5-star resort.
Sitting at just over 13-acres, the island resort features 52 waterfront villas that branch off into the water like a vertebral column. Each villa has three rooms, a private beach, and a freshwater pool. There is also a spa and a gym on the main island as well as a restaurant/bar. Yiji Yamazaki was the designer behind this paradise project.
“This project was an architect’s dream come true,” Yamazaki during an interview. “The chance to imagine a resort in this gorgeous setting and to experiment to meet the challenge of energy independence has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
Covering the walkway to the villas is an integrated solar power system that – on a sunny day (which is basically every day in The Maldives)- is capable of producing over 1 MW of power. This is more than the resort uses on a daily basis.
Any excess solar energy that is produced gets stored in the resort’s battery system for use on the seldom-seen, inclement days.
The entire complex is a wonderful example of just how beautiful sustainability can be, and doesn’t stop at the solar panels. There is also an onsite waste management system and a self-sufficient water supply via a desalination tank.