Frangipani Beach Resort in Anguilla has completed an extensive sustainable energy project to create clean, reliable power to the hotel and to protect the surrounding area.
The endeavor that is projected to power 70 percent of the resort includes 800 photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. The 370 kilowatts (KWh) solar installation will offset a part of Frangipani Beach Resort’s energy demand—about a quarter of an acre of the hotel’s main entrance. In addition, two solar canopies that convert sunlight into electricity have been added over the resort’s parking structure.
Frangipani’s new solar field is one of the first elements guests will now see when driving into the property. The solar panels were designed and engineered to achieve the resort’s sustainability goals: provide beauty and function. Its aesthetic appeal was created by designing a flat, slightly elevated field that looks like the surrounding waters. The solar panel field’s enclosure was designed to resist hurricane-force winds.
The solar panel installations are designed to power different sections of the resort, offsetting the costs of all energy-intensive operations like water production, air conditioning, hot water heaters and more.
Frangipani also invested in storage technology utilizing lithium iron phosphate batteries and smart meters that will manage the property from its current power source. The resort plans to manage its power utilization by “load shifting” from the evening to the day time, along with utilizing timers, LED lighting and energy-efficient appliances to further reduce its load.
The resort is already going green by offering reusable cups to guests and a filtered water refilling station designed to help minimize the number of water bottles in circulation. The resort’s on-site restaurant, Straw Hat, recently replaced plastic straws with environmentally friendly paper straws.
In other Anguilla news, the destination's inaugural culinary event, Extraordinary Eats! launched on Sunday, April 14. Several participating resorts and restaurants will offer prix fixe lunch and dinner menus throughout the two week period.
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