Most luxury resorts pray for good weather because it attracts travellers. But one luxury resort will wish for good weather for another reason: Solar energy will be one of its sources of electricity.
The former El Monte Lodge in Taos, N.M., is being renovated to become an environmentally friendly eco-resort and travel destination.
The lodge was purchased in 1997 by Dharma Holdings Inc., which wants to use the new facility as a prototype and showcase for sustainable living.
Planners originally intended for the resort to include 26 guest rooms, a spa, and a restaurant, but has purchased adjoining property that would make it possible to expand the property to 40 guest rooms, according to executive vice president Kimberly Goodyear.
The El Monte project will be powered by solar energy, and Solar Sculptures collection systems will be positioned throughout the property. The facility will be constructed in part with recycled materials, and will process its wastewater for reuse as irrigation water.