Maldives' Finolhu Villas Shines as World's First Solar-Powered Resort

Maldives' Finolhu Villas Shines as World's First Solar-Powered Resort
Eco-travelers looking for an island getaway, listen up. The Maldives – a small, tropical island nation in the Indian Ocean – is officially raising the bar for green tourism all around the world.

Gasfinolhu Island – approximately 40 minutes from Malé – is now house to the first ever 100 percent solar-powered high-end resort, developed by Global Pvt Ltd. Nearly 6,500 square meters of the resort, which will be operated by Club Med, feature solar panels capable of producing up to 1100 Kilowatts at power peak when the island really only needs around 600 Kilowatts at peak load.

Maldives' Finolhu Villas Shines as World's First Solar-Powered Resort
“The happiest moments are when I can see that the lights are still functioning after all the diesel generators have been switched off,” said ‘Champa’ Hussain Afeef, Gasfinolhu’s owner.


Dubbed as a chief tourism developer in the Maldives, Afeef first thought of the project in 2009, Minivan News reports. At the time, the island nation announced it would become the planet’s first carbon neutral country by 2020. Read more

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