Virgin Group founder Richard Branson plans to convert Mosquito Island in the British Virgin Islands into a resort powered by wind and sun.
Branson bought the 124-acre island in 2007 for $13.2 million. It will join the Virgin Limited Edition of properties owned or partially owned by Branson.
Mosquito Island sits in North Sound and is about a mile from 74-acre Necker Island, which Branson purchased in 1976 for $171,000 and is often rented out to celebrities and wedding parties. Both islands are east of Puerto Rico on the eastern end of the BVI chain.
Branson plans to build 20 villas and a beachfront restaurant powered by wind turbines and solar panels on Mosquito Island, which currently has nothing but shrubs, several hiking paths and trails.
Villas will be designed to capture thermal airflows, eliminating the need for air-conditioning, while an organic orchard will produce fruits and vegetables. Biofuel will power the beach buggies.
Alternative energy consultants are advising Branson on how to harness the energy sources of sun and wind for both Mosquito Island and Necker Island.
No timetable for the development of Mosquito Island has been set because the BVI government still is reviewing designs for the resort.