"This solar project has long been a goal for us and we're very proud to finally see it come to fruition for the benefit of our guests and for the environment," Said Richard Evanson, Owner of Turtle Island.
Turtle Island, Yasawas, Fiji (PRWEB) March 27, 2013
Turtle Island Resort in Fiji has recently completed a groundbreaking solar installation, making it one of the first ever clean energy resorts in the world. Starting today, the installation renders the island resort nearly 100% self-sufficient on the sun’s clean energy. This extraordinary project, which entailed a total of 968 solar panels being installed on the island, commenced in early 2012 and is now fully operational. Through its ecologically conscious operations, the resort runs on an average of 85% solar power, more than any other island resort in Fiji, and perhaps any luxury resort worldwide.
"At Turtle Island we have a long history of sustainability. For over 30 years we've tried to impact the environment as little as possible," said Richard Evanson, owner of Turtle Island. "This solar project has long been a goal for us and we're very proud to finally see it come to fruition for the benefit of our guests and for the environment."
The new solar installation on Turtle Island produces 1 mega watt of power a day, enough to cover 100% of the power needs of the island on a sunny day. Even on rainy or cloudy days, the backup generator reduces the total solar power to about 85%, maintaining outstanding energy efficiency. The solar installation has also provided numerous jobs to surrounding villagers. Environmentally, the new solar project will save an estimated 85,000 liters of diesel fuel per year, or an estimated 220 tons of carbon emissions, significantly reducing the island’s carbon footprint, and setting a new standard for luxury resorts worldwide.
Turtle Island has long been a leader in sustainable tourism. Owner Richard Evanson purchased Turtle Island in 1972 and has worked to preserve its rich biodiversity, provide the Island with a 90% tree canopy, and protect the cultural integrity of the indigenous Fijian population occupying the surrounding islands. Through an intensive reforestation program over the past 3 decades, Evanson has planted some 900,000 trees on the island, 100,000 of which are mahogany. This socially conscious effort has promoted ecological diversity, re-established indigenous forests, prevented soil erosion, created windbreaks, and added to the extraordinary natural beauty on the island. Other projects promoting sustainability include a four-acre natural hydroponic garden, as well as extensive composting and recycling.
Through this important solar and clean energy milestone, among many others, Turtle Island continues to set a new standard for hotels and resorts worldwide, offering its pampered guests a socially conscious option for global travel, with a true luxury experience and an exquisite natural setting.
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About Turtle Island
Turtle Island Fiji's award-winning resort experience is considered the ultimate romantic hideaway, offering couples stunning natural beauty, romance and seclusion. Nestled in the Yasawa chain of islands in the South Pacific, just 30 minutes from Nadi by seaplane, the tropical luxury resort features 14 private, beachfront Fijian-style “bures” or villas, with gourmet dining, fine wines and champagnes, as well as outdoor activities such as horseback riding, sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, reef fishing, kayaking, windsurfing and more. For more information, or to make a reservation, call Turtle Island at 1-877-2-TURTLE (1-877-288-7853) or visit http://www.turtlefiji.com