Frangipani Beach Resort in Anguilla has installed a solar panel system projected to power 70% of the resort.

The panels, which will offset a portion of Frangipani's energy demand, occupy a quarter of an acre of the property's main entrance and were designed to withstand hurricane-force winds.

Two solar canopies have been installed over the resort's parking structure, as well.

"Sustainability has always been important to us and we are constantly working towards making the property more ecofriendly," said Shannon Kircher, marketing manager.

She said that electricity is a huge expense for resorts, second only to personnel costs, and that the use of solar-powered technology will reduce operational costs and leave less of an environmental footprint.

The 19-room resort on Meads Bay follows other sustainable practices, including reusable cups for guests; a filtered-water refilling station to minimize the number of water bottles in circulation; and the use of paper straws in place of plastic stirrers at its Straw Hat restaurant.

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