Island in the sun28 August 2016
The owners of the Four Seasons luxury hotel complex, located on the South Pacific resort island of Bora Bora in French Polynesia, decided in 2015 to enhance their business plan and ecological ambitions by installing a rooftop PV system capable of generating 600 kWe. Currently the island supply is provided mostly by diesel power plants for which fuel transportation costs are high. Electricity on Bora Bora can cost up to 41 euro cents per kWh.
In the event the installed PV system consisted of 1884 Benq 327 W solar modules. The array was installed on the roofs of two large service buildings inside the resort complex. To accommodate all the solar panels needed, an additional building with an area of 1600 sq metres had to be built.
Construction of the project began in July 2015, with commissioning of the system towards the end of the year. The fully operating system now generates around 930 MWh of electricity per year, and the hotel is expected to reduce its annual carbon footprint by about 530 tons of carbon dioxide.