GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA—In line with the sustainable tourism philosophy of Costa Rica Tourism Institute (ICT), Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas has implemented a mass solar panel installation on its path toward entirely renewable energy. The project, one of the largest solar energy undertakings in Central America, was completed in December and will provide Tamarindo’s premier eco-boutique hotel with 1,400 solar panels estimated to offset 34 tons of the hotel’s energy usage.
“Travelers are more socially and environmentally conscious than ever, seeking vacations that have minimal impact on the planet’s resources,” said General Manager Federico Pilurzu. “At Cala Luna, we strive to take sustainability to new levels and inspire our visitors to connect with nature in a meaningful way.”
The initiative is part of Cala Luna’s goal to achieve carbon neutrality by late 2019 and will also support Costa Rica’s mission of nationwide carbon neutrality by 2021. In addition to solar panels, the sustainable hotel is incorporating various new measures to hold its ICT sustainability certification, including hybrid electric cars guests can rent on site.
An Inspirational Sustainable Tourism Model
“Tourists living a nature-friendly lifestyle often seek a vacation consistent with their philosophy,” said Maria Amalia Revelo Raventos, Tourism Minister of Costa Rica. “Costa Rica is positioned and recognized worldwide for its sustainable tourism model which attracts these tourists, who contribute to responsible tourism and appreciate the value of investing in the betterment of our planet. Hotels like Cala Luna hope to inspire and mobilize locals and others in the travel sector to adopt sustainable standards.”
United Nations award-winning Costa Rica solar power company Solar Ing is leading the venture with saline-protected, marine-grade solar panels especially designed to resist saltwater damage. Considered within the top 10 in the world, the panels are partly sourced from Germany and formulated to prevent oxidation while generating clean energy.
When completed, the project will comprise a major step in lowering emissions, helping Costa Rica and promoting the country’s green tourism model.