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Resort goes solar

Shayal Devi
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

TURTLE Island Resort in the Yasawas has taken a step into the future.

In an ambitious plan to supply the resort with 85 per cent clean renewable energy, hotelier Richard Evanson has almost completed the installation of about 1000 solar panels.

The environmentally friendly solar technology is unprecedented in the Pacific and Mr Evanson said it was an idea hatched many years ago.

He said the project which started in June last year would cost about $1.5 million. It will save the resort a large sum of money in diesel costs when it is completed at the end of this month.

Mr Evanson and his son, Richard Evanson Jr have been leading work on the project along with 10 other employees.

"We have done this because it does not pollute the air, it saves transportation of fuel, and it is a good return of money."

"The solar panels are expected to produce 235 watts of power each and will produce 1.2 megawatts per day."

"Solar energy is more energy efficient and easily expendable," Mr Evanson said.


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