When it comes to green tourism and environmental sustainability, Turneffe Flats has long been one of the Caribbean’s most innovative fishing and diving resorts. When Peter was at Turneffe Flats in August Craig & Karen Hayes, the founders and owners, were just finishing completion of their dream to replace some 17,000 gallons of diesel with solar energy massively reducing their carbon footprint. They just fired up the new off-grid solar system with 288 solar panels providing approximately 80% of the lodges’ energy needs.
Recent improvements in solar technology, along with lower costs, finally made the project economically feasible. When they started looking at this, the payback was approximately 20 years and now it’s closer to 10 years. “In addition to being the right thing to do, replacing diesel with the sun also makes good economic sense,” Craig says.
More than 10 years in the making, Turneffe Flats’ new solar-powered system is believed
to be the largest off-grid solar system 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.
The solar system was designed and installed by Idaho-based Gietzen Electric. In addition
to high-tech equipment, the project required a new electrical grid and new facilities for the solar
equipment project. With the system fully operational, Gietzen’s engineers can now monitor it
online from more than 3,000 miles away.
“Turneffe Flats has tried to set standards for environmental stewardship and sustainability
while providing top-level guest services,” says Craig. “We have focused on providing an
exceptional guest experience while having the least possible impact on our environment. Our
new energy system is part of a long-term effort to lower our carbon footprint.”
We are also excited to announce a terrific Short-Notice Fishing Special applicable to 7N/6D (Sat-Sat) weeks during the month of January 2020. The first angler pricing will be at the regular rate, with each 2nd angler at half price!
1st angler: 7 Night / 6 Day Fishing Package $4,690 + $371.71 tax = $5,061.71 (shared skiff, double occupancy)
2nd angler: 7 Night / 6 Day Fishing Package (50% OFF Special) $2,345 + $172.38 tax = $2,517.38
For more information on Turneffe Flats Lodge please contact Peter McLeod or call our office on +44(0)1980 847389