As the Owner or Manager of a Caribbean resort or private island, you are well aware of the difficulty and expense associated with seamlessly providing uninterruptible energy that your guests need to stay comfortable and enjoy their stay. You know your guests will consider energy and water at two times: maybe when making a decision on where to spend their vacation; and absolutely in the event that either of those two essential commodities is not available at the flip of a switch or turning of a faucet.
We recommend a two-pronged approach to our resort and private-island clients: renewable energy generation and energy efficiency. Both of these paths will reduce energy expense, improve reliability and resilience, and earn your resort a reputation as being environmentally friendly without “greenwashing”.
Energy efficiency is very important for the Caribbean. Simply turning off 100 light bulbs during the day can reduce a solar-energy-storage project by many $10’s of thousands of dollars!
We take a similar solar-and-efficiency approach with other market sectors. The main difference with resorts compared to ordinary commercial buildings, for instance, is the occupancy engagement. A commercial building may have the same occupants and occupancy schedule every day of the year. This is compared to a resort that has to manage its seasonal occupancy and energy demands, and also account for the fact that the occupants change from day to day or week to week. Additionally, any energy program cannot impact the quality of the visitor’s experience at your resort. Because of these facts, we usually rely more on automation for resorts than with other market areas.
We have a dedicated team of powerplant experts that will spearhead the transition planning from diesel or bunker fuel to clean solar energy. This team is factory trained and expert in mechanics, controls, automation, and integration of a variety of diesel manufacturers, control systems, and power electronics. This is where the “rubber meets the road”, and we want to make sure you get a reliable system that reduces your maintenance and responsibilities.
We couple this deep expertise with our solar engineering team that has expertise in integrating the package into the aesthetics of the resort – whether you want the solar systems to be completely invisible, or discoverable on a walking tour, or make them a focal point with solar awnings and solar-electric golf carts.
The goals of our resort clients range from reduction of diesel consumption to complete migration to solar and storage. We have achieved great success with a “phased approach” to this challenge, allowing us to minimize cost and risk, achieve economies of scale, and deliver just what is needed and not too much or too little.
We can deliver a resort or private island project as a turnkey design-build, as an engineer and Project Manager only working with your island team, or we can develop, build, own, and operate your island energy system.
Our energy solutions for private islands and resorts include:
- Solar-energy / photovoltaic electricity generation
- Battery storage plants
- Diesel hybrid and microgrids
- Solar-thermal water heating for guest quarters, kitchen, and laundry
- Energy efficiency audits and upgrades
- Multi-year energy capital investment planning
Financial Performance Analysis
The first step on the path to renewable energy performance is to understand your needs and goals. Often we can help you to understand those questions yourself, before we chart the course forward.
Complete our online financial performance analysis now. Our experts will calculate your energy costs and uses and present you with a detailed look at just how much money you can reasonably expect to save by making the transition to renewable energy.