Improving our energy efficiency and moving towards renewable energy sources is our priority. A key part to improvements it to monitor our energy consumption through our Soneva Carbon Calculator. Over the years we have gradually become better. This ultimately means good business sense as it improves our carbon footprint, operational costs and bottom line.
The 70kW Solar Photovoltaic (PV) power plant on Soneva Fushi was the largest renewable energy plant in the Maldives when installed in November 2009. It marked an important step in the company-wide goal of a net zero carbon footprint. The solar PV system offers great ROI and was extended recently with an additional 624kW Solar Photovoltaic (PV) power plant.
Making our resorts energy efficient is the easiest step in improving our carbon footprint. For instance, most of our restaurants are designed with natural ventilation. By avoiding air conditioning we are able to save energy and at the same time give guests a fresher and more natural experience.
Fresh in the Garden
The Fresh in the Garden Restaurant at Soneva Fushi has been thoughtfully designed to make the most of its position, emphasising the natural direction of the cool sea winds and the elevation of the building so that air conditioning is not required. Its high thatched roof increases convection, with minimal solar gain and so further improves cross ventilation to cool the guests and extract the smells of cooking. A hanging bridge over the herb and vegetable garden give guests a fun experience and beautiful panoramic views before entering the restaurant.