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Mexico’s Thatched-Roof CocoCabañas Resort is Powered Entirely by Solar Energy
Posted By Lori Zimmer On April 5, 2013 @ 1:30 pm In Eco Tourism,Eco Travel,Environment,Innovation,Sustainable Materials | No Comments
Tucked away on the Isla de Navidad peninsula on Mexico’s Central Pacific coast is the beautifully rustic, solar-powered CocoCabañas Resort. The native bamboo Cabaña guest rooms are just a stone’s throw from the pristine Coconut Beach. Best of all, the entire resort is powered by a massive solar array, which provides lighting, hot water, and power for ceiling fans in the naturally cool escape.
Resort life at CocoCabañas is more like an intimate bed and breakfast than a large luxury hotel . Visitors will find themselves in a beach getaway fantasy, complete with comfortable bi-level thatched roof guest huts , ample hammocks for lounging, cuisine fresh from the property and a picturesque isolated beach that looks right out of a movie. Although each locally handmade Cabaña is equipped with solar ceiling fans, they are designed to catch the cross breezes, which naturally cool the inside.
Coconut Beach itself stretches for over 13 miles, and is federally protected, and it’s visible from each guest room. The beach is home to endangered sea turtles , who lay their eggs on the shores in winter. Guests of the resort may also spot dolphins and whales, or borrow a bike to ride out to the local banana, palm and mango groves.
The resort’s sophisticated photovoltaic system  is made up of 2400 W Isofoton solar panels, 24 Trojan L-16 batteries and 2 SMA Sunny Island 4200 W inverters for AC power. The complex system provides enough power for all lights, ceiling fans, refrigerators, well pumps, swimming pool pump, entertainment systems, computers, communications equipment, washer/dryers and power outlets. There is also a 12 kW Onan propane generator on site for emergency backup energy.
CocoCabañas is the ultimate eco-escape, giving guests an isolated beach experience far from the reaches of their normal lives.
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 large luxury hotel: http://inhabitat.com/photos-disconnect-at-the-gorgeous-and-remote-villa-del-palmar-eco-luxury-resort-in-baja/
 thatched roof guest huts: http://inhabitat.com/stilts-inhabitat-monkeys-around-in-sustainable-kenyan-treehouses/
 endangered sea turtles: http://inhabitat.com/inhabitots-endangered-species-a-z-graphic-poster/
 sophisticated photovoltaic system: http://inhabitat.com/americans-installed-a-record-number-of-rooftop-solar-panels-this-year/
 + CocoCabañas: http://www.ecocabanas.com
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