First 100% solar powered resort on the Great Barrier Reef
Located in the turquoise waters of the Whitsundays, Elysian Retreat isn't just another beautiful island resort–it's the Great Barrier Reef’s first resort to be 100 percent powered by the sun's energy.
The Sojourn Retreats group have spent the last year renovating the cyclone devastated Paradise Bay Eco Resort, after purchasing it in March last year.
To Charlton and the team at Elysian it is an accomplishment they have all been dreaming of. Following in the footsteps of Pumpkin Island, Australia’s first beyond carbon neutral island, Elysian continues to set the trend for sustainable tourism. Impressively the island will operate off the grid, powered by the sun and minimise it's environmental footprint by reducing waste, saving and improving usage of water, power, fuel and emissions. The switch to solar power saves an estimated 39,420 litres of diesel per year plus the additional fuel used to transport diesel to the island via barge. This translates to 112 tonnes of carbon emissions for the fuel alone, excluding the transport of the fuel, which could easily need four 14 tonnes barges.
The excitement of an eco-lux resort run purely on battery and solar power with clean, quiet, sustainable energy proves that luxuries need not be sacrificed in the search for sustainability.
The team at Green Energy Technologies in Airlie Beach along with Ash and his team from Ash Electrical Whitsundays completed the power installation this past week which runs the entire resort, including the infinity magnesium pool, aircondioned spa, restaurant, bar, staff accommodation, shed and the 10 guest villas all complete with airconditioning, TV's, mini bar fridges and coffee machines.
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