LUX* South Ari Atoll has installed the world’s largest floating solar system in the sea.
‘SolarSea’ is a unique technology that gathers solar energy directly on the ocean to power the island in an eco-friendly mechanism. This is a technological breakthrough that changes the perspective on renewable energy in the Maldives.
The resort partnered with an Australian-Maldivian called ‘Swimsol’. A leading solar provider which gives solutions to overcome the limited space available for solar panels on small tropical islands.
“Innovation is key to achieving true sustainability, and we are happy to partner with Swimsol to work towards our goal of minimizing our ecological footprint. As one of the biggest resort islands in the Maldives, we aim to lead the way with eco-tourism and marine conservation work in our region as part of our commitment to good governance, social responsibility, and respect for environmental standards,” General Manager at LUX* South Ari Atoll, Jonas Amstad, quoted in a statement, as saying.
LUX* South Ari Atoll is already using a rooftop system with Swimsol. Once all suitable roofs were embedded with solar panels, the resort decided to expand beyond the shoreline with 12 SolarSea platforms.
Guests at the resort can follow-up with a live “solar tracker” on their in-villas IPTV that will indicate the energy produced, diesel saved, as well as the equivalent of carbon dioxide emissions savings to offset the number of long-haul flights.
This combined rooftop and SolarSea system at LUX* South Ari Atoll is one of the largest solar installations in the country. Plans to further increase the solar capacity are already underway.