Mauritius: 20kWp solar+storage to fully power luxury resort

A Mauritius-based luxury resort will from now on be self-sufficient in terms of energy as 20kWp rooftop solar coupled with storage will allow for 11 hours of utilization daily, catering to the property’s energy needs also during night-time.

The project is part of the LUX* Resorts & Hotels’ ecofriendly Tread Lightly program, and is carried out in in partnership with Aera Group, climate finance organization engaged in carbon compensation projects across Africa and Asia.

“LUX* ensures to have sustainable development at the core of its strategy and operations. The Tread Lightly initiative helps to contribute to local and global goals such as energy efficiency, reduction in carbon emissions, also aligning with the SDGs and COP22 targets,” said Vishnee Payen, Sustainability & CSR Manager of LUX* Resorts & Hotels.

Being highly exposed to the impacts of climate change due to rising sea levels and disruption of ocean ecosystems, island countries are leading the charge in adoption of renewable energy, although their contribution to global emissions remains negligible.

As one of the islands that opted for residential-based solar PV deployment, Mauritius has recently launched a net metering scheme expected to enable the installation of up to 2 MW of PV systems, whose individual capacity should not exceed 5 kW, after the first phase of the scheme closed last December with around 5.2 MW of PV system installed.