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Male’, Maldives, 16th January 2024 – The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives, a luxurious resort situated on Huruvalhi Island in the Raa Atoll, has unveiled the installation of solar panels as part of its commitment to sustainability and environmentally friendly practices. Having adopted solar energy as its primary electricity source since November 2023, the resort aims to transition the entire island to solar power in the near future.

Boripat Louichareon, Managing Director of Standard Asia, emphasized the significance of substituting carbon-intensive products with climate-friendly alternatives. The newly implemented solar system, boasting a capacity of 750 kWp (kilowatt-peak), is already making a substantial impact, saving approximately 230,000 liters of fuel annually and reducing CO2 emissions by 588.8 tons. Plans are underway to significantly expand the solar capacity in the coming years.

The resort’s green initiatives extend beyond solar energy. The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives, has taken measures such as banning single-use plastic, replacing bottled water with on-site filled glass bottles, transitioning to low-wattage LED bulbs and eco-friendly villa amenities, and implementing organic waste composting on a nearby island to enrich fruit and vegetable gardens.

In promoting sustainable transportation, the resort encourages guests and staff to use bicycles and electric-powered buggies. At the Dive Center, visitors can engage with the Coral Conservation Initiative, witnessing the coral nursery where dive specialists work to restore damaged reefs caused by human activity and climate change, creating a thriving coral garden.

“Since the resort’s opening in 2019, we have aimed to operate the island on clean energy instead of fossil fuels. Our solar project marks a crucial step in achieving The Standard Huruvalhi’s goal of becoming a carbon-neutral resort that preserves the beauty of this island we call home,” stated Louichareon.

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