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|Green Globe is the largest and most prestigious agency certifying resorts around the World based upon their environmental and societal sustainability. Turneffe Flats has been Green Globe Certified since 2014 and was recently audited for recertification. The audit process rigorously evaluates at all aspects of the resort’s infrastructure, operations, social interaction and environmental impacts. Turneffe Flats once again is proud to receive the top “green” rating in Belize, and possibly the highest rating in the entire Caribbean.
SOLAR PANELS INSTALLED
PRODUCING 80% OF ENERGY NEEDS
When it comes to green tourism and environmental sustainability, Turneffe Flats Lodge has long been one of the western Caribbean’s most innovative fishing and diving resorts. More than ten years in the making, Turneffe Flats’ new solar-powered system is one of the largest off-grid solar systems in the Caribbean, allowing the fishing, diving, and ecotourism resort to greatly reduce its dependence on diesel power. Located 30 miles from mainland Belize, the system is capable of producing 100 kilowatts of power, providing enough energy to operate the entire resort, which accommodates 30 guests per week.
Turneffe Flats founder and owner, Craig Hayes, advised that the new solar panels will provide approximately 80% of the island’s energy needs. This state of the art system will replace 17,000 gallons of diesel fuel each year. Craig Hayes also believes that in addition to being the right thing to do environmentally, replacing diesel with the sun also makes good economic sense.
Turneffe Flats has tried to set standards for environmental stewardship and sustainability and provide top-level guest service while having the least possible impact on the environment. Their new energy system is part of a long-term effort to lower their carbon footprint.