The Taj Exotica Resort & Spa in the Maldives has signed a deal with Swimsol, the global leader in offshore marine photovoltaics, to install a floating solar park, according to Indian Hotels Company (IHCL). The floating solar platforms will remain well above the valuable coral reefs, providing safe haven for young marine life.

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, according to IHCL, will have one of the lowest carbon footprints in the Maldives once the floating solar park is operational in 2024. After the installation of 1.05 MW of solar parks, it will save 1,189 metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year. It will also help save 4,39,000 litres of diesel per year while reducing noise pollution by 40%.

According to Gaurav Pokhariyal, Executive Vice President, Human Resources at ICHL, this collaboration is in line with ICHL’s ESG-plus framework, Paathya, with its commitment to energy conservation and long-term goal of deriving no less than 50% of energy from renewable sources across all hotels by 2030.