Ellaidhoo may well be one of the smallest gems in the necklace if you think of the Maldivian archipelago as strings of jewels set in the Indian Ocean — it certainly looks like it from the seaplane. Located about 42km from the capital Male and a 25-minute seaplane ride away, the Ellaidhoo Reef sits on the eastern fringe of North Ari Atoll Ellaidhoo and shines like a brilliant emerald in the sun. By evening, it is sometimes enveloped by a heavenly light that has been attributed to St Elmo’s Fire. But those who inhabit Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon prefer to think of it as magic.
Magic or otherwise, we know it is one of the first hotel resorts to be certified with the Green Globe because it is powered entirely by solar power. German technology company SolarWorld supplies the island with solar modules with a capacity of 150 kWp for a hybrid power station, giving it clean solar power, without any risk of harming the unique nature of the reefs that surround it.
The high-quality, monocrystalline solar solutions provided by SolarWorld enable the island to function without noise or pollution. The lack of space on the island, which is just 60.000 square metres in size, and the direct proximity to the sea, mean that solar modules need to be efficient and durability, and SolarWorld’s “PERC technology” fits the bill like well, magic.
“On the Maldives, climate change has become a palpable reality on a daily basis. Here, a paradise is at risk. This makes it all the more important that the local energy supply now makes the transition from fossil fuels to solar power. However, we can only save these paradise islands if similar steps are taken worldwide. SolarWorld solar power systems are ready to take on the challenge: reliable, high-performance and made in Germany from sustainable production sources,” Dr Ing. E.h. Frank Asbeck, managing director of SolarWorld Industries GmbH, believes
In total, the SolarWorld production sites delivered 75 MW of solar modules this year to the South Asian region for clean power generation for tourism, industry and residential buildings.
Clean solar energy on Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon, and hopefully many more to come, will mean that the tourism sector can significantly reduce the negative impact on the environment and the oceans. And travellers who wish to experience a beautiful sense of symbiosis with wild life and marine life on this planet can do so with absolute peace of mind.