The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa is the only major resort in the Caribbean to have installed solar panels to offset its energy consumption // (c) 2014 Westin Hotels & Resorts
The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa is the only major resort in the Caribbean to have installed solar panels to offset its energy consumption // (c) 2014 Westin Hotels & Resorts

The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten recently achieved a Westin first when it became the first property in the brand to install solar panels to help offset its energy consumption. The resort can now generate six to eight hours of its own power during peak times, which is roughly equivalent to the electricity needed to power 111 average sized American homes for a year.

The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa is the only major resort in the Caribbean to have installed solar panels to offset its energy consumption // (c) 2014 Westin Hotels & Resorts
The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa is the only major resort in the Caribbean to have installed solar panels to offset its energy consumption // (c) 2014 Westin Hotels & Resorts

The resort first began taking tapping into the island’s abundant sunshine in 2007 with the installation of solar panels to heat the water used in the property’s guest rooms.  It is now the only major resort in the Caribbean to complete and utilize solar panels to offset its energy consumption.

To install the panels and mounting hardware, the resort nexium 24 hour price contracted OneWorld Sustainable, who worked with a local St. Maarten company for the three-month-long project.

“In very few places around the world does it make better sense to utilize the power of the sun to generate electricity than in the Caribbean,” said Tim Blackwell, president of OneWorld Sustainable.

About the Westin Resort & Spa, St. Maarten
Situated along the southeastern shore of St. Maarten, the 317-room Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa,  St. Maarten is surrounded by miles of sparkling blue water, acres of tropical foliage and sprawling white beaches. The Westin is one of the largest upscale resorts in the Netherlands-governed province. It features a variety of guestrooms, including 140 ocean front, 39 ocean view and 138 resort island view, as well as 99 luxury condominiums and six suites.  Guests can dine at five oceanfront restaurants, including a fine dining restaurant, poolside café, lobby and pool bar.

Westin Resort & Spa, St. Maarten
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