Soneva hotels grow green status with renewable energy at over 50%

Soneva hotels grow green status with renewable energy at over 50%

Maldives’ hotels Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani have boosted the electricity generated from renewables to over 50 per cent at both resorts.

$10 million (USD) provided by German headquartered bank, Aereal, has enabled the resorts to continue the push toward complete environmental sustainability with a range of measures already in place.

Soneva has set the standard for clean energy and sustainability in the luxury hospitality industry for decades, its resorts have been carbon neutral since 2012 and a 2 per cent environmental levy is charged to all guests to help offset carbon emissions.

Soneva Fushi was the first resort to install a solar power facility in the Maldives back in 2008, taking advantage of the islands plentiful sunshine and reducing operating costs without compromising guests experiences.

“While Soneva has been a carbon neutral company since 2012, it is the elimination of emissions from the operation of our resorts in remote locations that’s presented the greatest challenge to reaching our zero-carbon goal,” said Bruce Bromley, CFO and deputy CEO, Soneva.

“Our partnership with Aareal Bank is a cornerstone of our capital structure and this facility, which will now allow us to take a major step towards achieving carbon-free operations at our Maldives resorts, demonstrates Aareal Banks commitment to supporting companies like Soneva on our transition to a zero-carbon future.”

Solar Panels during Eco Centro Tour at Soneva Fushi. (Supplied)

Aareal Bank contributes to sustainable global growth by structuring tailor-made financings as well as by creating attractive investment opportunities in line with the criteria of the Bank’s proprietary Green Finance Framework. 

“We are delighted that we have been able to support Soneva with a financing solution for modernising its hotel portfolio – which will bring about significant improvements in the energy efficiency of these properties,” Thomas Adaemmer, CEO of Aareal Bank Asia Limited said.

“From a sustainability viewpoint, such modernisation efforts are constantly gaining importance for existing properties. We are pleased to be supporting implementation with our financing solutions – today and in the future.”

Sunrise at Soneva Jani. (Supplied)

Plans are already underway to have solar panels implemented at strategic areas across Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani to maximise daily sunlight hours using photovoltaic (PV) and battery hybrid systems. Resort teams are also working towards greater operations integration – including the building of new substations – to optimise and balance energy production.

Once completed, Soneva Fushi will have installed a total of 2.1 megawatts peak (MWp) and battery storage of 2,500 kilowatt hours (kWh) to reach a combined PV penetration of approximately 55 per cent by mid-2023. Meanwhile, Soneva Jani installations will total 2.8 MWp and, combined with battery storage of 2,000 kWh, is anticipated to result in a PV penetration of around 52 per cent.

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