The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives, announces the installation of solar panels as the latest phase in their efforts to adopt sustainable and eco-friendly practices. The resort has been utilizing solar energy as its main source of electricity since November 2023, and plans to power the entire island with solar power.
“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, the Managing Director of Standard Asia.
The resort 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. Guests and staff use bicycles as their preferred mode of transportation alongside electric-powered buggies.
The resort’s dive center educates guests about the property’s coral conservation efforts. Guests are able to visit the coral nursery, and view the team of dive specialists conducting restoration activities on the reef damaged by human activity and climate change.
“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.