Alma Resort implements an ambitious solar energy project in a hotel in Vietnam

Alma Resort implements an ambitious solar energy project in a hotel in Vietnam

Alma Resort, with its 30-hectare resort in Vietnam, will this year install 5,634 solar panels totaling 12,500 square meters on the roofs of its 196 pavilions, two V-shaped towers housing 384 suites, a lobby lounge, a spa , a gymnasium and a utility building.

With a peak capacity of 2480 kilowatts – the rate at which it generates power at its peak performance on a sunny day – the solar power system will supply between a quarter and nearly half of the energy needs of Alma, according to the occupation dictated by the low and high seasons.

It is estimated that the system will save the station up to US$16.85 million (VND 390.85 billion) in electricity bills over the next 25 years. It will also reduce Alma’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by up to 72,670 tonnes over a 25-year period.

With hundreds of solar projects under construction in Vietnam, which recently overtook Thailand as Southeast Asia’s largest solar market, Alma Chief Executive Herbert Laubichler-Pichler believes it will soon be incumbent five-star resorts across the country to introduce solar power systems to reduce their carbon footprints.

Laubichler-Pichler notes “with the weather we have at Cam Ranh, it makes perfect sense for us to take advantage of an abundance of sunlight and embrace a more sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to electricity

“We hope to set a positive example on the solar energy front for the rest of Vietnam’s luxury hotel landscape.”

The German companies C. Melchers (Vietnam), Aschoff Solar Ltd. and a German financial institution are designing, implementing and financing the rooftop solar modules throughout the complex. Instead of a direct investment, the station will pay for the system through the savings made on its electricity bills during the first decade of operation.

“Once the costs are removed to pay for the solar technology, Alma will save another US$1.96 million (VND 45.18 billion) on electricity within this 10-year period,” Laubichler-Pichler added.

The station’s solar project will generate 3.83 million kilowatt hours of energy in its first year of operation alone. Excess solar energy from one part of the system is used by other installations in the network.

Last year, the resort, a member of Preferred Hotels, launched a mobile app called “Alma Resort” available for download on Android, Apple, Windows and Amazon devices. The app opens the door to contactless communication with guests and staff in real time as the world continues to battle COVID, and marks a transition to more sustainable solutions by offering menus, resort maps and more digitally. The resort also organizes eco-friendly activities, including tree planting for guests and beach cleanups by staff.

Alma staff are fully immunized, undergo regular testing for COVID-19, and are equipped with extensive COVID-19 safety training. In response to the onset of the global pandemic, the resort has implemented a series of ongoing health, safety and hygiene measures.

To contact Alma or to make a reservation, please visit alma-resort.com

Image above: The thirty-hectare resort of Alma is implementing what it considers Vietnam’s most ambitious hotel solar energy project to date; image center: Alma will this year install 5,634 solar panels totaling 12,500 square meters on the roofs of its 196 pavilions, two V-towers housing 384 suites, a lobby lounge, a spa, a gymnasium and a utility building; Picture above: . With a peak capacity of 2480 kilowatts – the rate at which it generates power at its peak performance on a sunny day – the solar power system will supply between a quarter and nearly half of the energy needs of Alma, according to the occupation dictated by the low and high seasons.

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