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Tur­tle Is­land Re­sort To In­vest In More So­lar Pan­els

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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

Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

So­lar pan­els set up on Tur­tle Is­land re­sort.

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