Thanks to its location just north of the Equator, Hurawalhi Maldives receives ample sun throughout the year, so tapping into this infinite reservoir of renewable energy is a logical way of supplementing the resort’s energy needs.
The brightest idea in Hurawalhi’s sustainability endeavours are high-efficiency solar panels that convert the sun’s rays into electricity. For eleven hours a day, the 2,735 panels (installed on roofs of the main jetty, 5.8 Undersea Restaurant walkway, and 7 buildings in the team area) help power the resort.
If we were to put together all panels, they would cover an area of 4,102.5 m² – more than half of the size of any Premier League football pitch!
Now that the solar panel system is in its full operational capacity, Hurawalhi is proud that the sun takes care of 30% of the resort’s total consumption.
And not only are these panels good for the environment, they are visually appealing too: light coming through the grid casts beautiful shadows on the wooden walkways, reminding you how sustainability and aesthetics go hand in hand at Hurawalhi.
What’s more, line drying is used for about 4,000 items a month, further reducing the resort’s use of electricity for machine drying, and adding to the mix of eco-friendly practices used at the resort.