Taj Exotica Resort & Spa has teamed up with Swimsol to build one of the largest floating solar parks in the Maldives.
Upon completion in 2024, the 1.05 megawatt renewable energy source is expected to save four million litres of diesel per year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1,000 tonnes. The battery backup will allow Taj Exotica to operate with one of the lowest carbon footprints and become the first resort in the country to shut down its diesel-powered electricity generators between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The floating solar platform is in line with the resort operator Indian Hotel Company’s “commitment towards energy conservation and the long-term goal of deriving no less than 50 percent of energy across all hotels from renewable sources by 2030,” said Gaurav Pokhariyal, IHCL’s Executive Vice President.
Corinna Luebbe, Cluster General Manager Maldives, added: “Taj Exotica’s innovative and rigorous sustainability efforts have earned global accolades, including an EarthCheck Platinum Certification from 2019 to 2022, making it the first resort in the Maldives to achieve the honour.”
The floating solar panels are to be installed in the Emboodhoo Finolhu island’s lagoon by Swimsol, a leading European company specialising in offshore marine photovoltaics. Swimsol’s local subsidiary is the largest solar power provider in the country, providing monitoring and maintenance services to more than 20 top resorts across the archipelago.