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FRENCH POLYNESIA Green Power: Renewable Energy from the Ocean’s Depths In order to minimize environmental impacts, The Brando has implemented innovative sustainability strategies to provide all of the resort’s energy needs through renewable sources. Solar panels line the small airstrip that delivers guests to the resort, providing heat for all of the resort’s hot water, with additional generators powered by local coconut biodiesel. A Seawater Air Conditioning system (SWAC) provides energy-efficient power to cool the lodge’s 35 rooms. The system involves pumping deep ocean sea water through a series of pipes and an exchanger, reducing energy consumption for air conditioning by 90%, and overall energy use by 70%. This innovative technology is now being considered by cities such as Honolulu to reduce energy costs in downtown business buildings and hotels.

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