Turtle Island Resort To Invest In More Solar Panels
Turtle Island Resort in the Yasawa has revealed major plans of expanding their solar system in coming months. The resort completed a groundbreaking solar installation in 2013, making it one of the first clean energy resorts. Director Richard Evanson (Junior) said in terms of upgrade they want to expand their solar system which currently has 968 panels and produces 70 percent of its power.
He said, “The idea is to increase it to 85-90 percent of power on the island.
“This will incur $US200,000 ($F417,800) investment that we are looking into doing this year.
“The panels are here, it is just the matter of purchasing the batteries from overseas. “And this is a new technology whereby salt water batteries are used to make it perfect for us because batteries in higher temperatures really affects their life.” Mr Evanson added these batteries with the new technology can operate at an average of 40 degree Celsius.
“It doesn’t affect the batteries at all and on top of that you can discharge the power all the way out of it and it still doesn’t affect batteries. “Other batteries you can only discharge about 40 percent and get eight years out of them.
“So you still putting power in that you can’t take out.
“We still thinking of placing orders for more batteries and panels.”
Hydroponic set up
Due to the drought last year the resort is looking into putting in place a hydroponic system. “Our good friend Michael Joe (Joes Farm) has offered his assistance to help us set up that,” he said. “Putting that in place means that we can save water or recycle it through hydroponics since being here in the Yasawas, water is a very precious thing.” He added that they are happy to start work on hydroponics by mid this year.
“We are in terms of finalising the arrangements with Michael Joe and moving into implementing it.”
Putting the hydroponic in place means that we can save and recycle water through it, and we will start work on it by June this year .
Richard Evanson (Junior) Director, Turtle Island Resort
Solar panels set up on Turtle Island resort.