Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas completes renewable energy project

Amy Horsfield Amy Horsfield Uploaded 01 February 2019


Costa Rica: In line with the sustainable tourism philosophy of Costa Rica Tourism Institute (ICT), Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas has implemented a solar panel installation

The project, one of the largest solar energy undertakings in Central America, was completed last December and will provide Tamarindo's premier eco-boutique hotel with 1,400 solar panels estimated to offset 34 tons in the hotel's energy usage.

Federico Pilurzu, general manager at Cala Luna, said: "Travellers are more socially and environmentally conscious than ever, seeking vacations that have minimal impact on the planet's resources. 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.

Maria Amalia Revelo Raventos, tourism minister of Costa Rica, said: "Tourists living a nature-friendly lifestyle often seek a vacation consistent with their philosophy. Costa Rica is positioned and recognised 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 mobilise 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.

Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas is a sustainable 39-room boutique hotel in Costa Rica's Playa Langosta and the Baulas National Park.


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