Building an Island Resort


Off the Grid

Remote locations are a paradise for those able to live without many of the modern amenities of civilization, but opening a resort in the same location can be a challenge. Guests are often willing to pay a large price for this type of location, but they still expect to feel they have not quite left all civilized amenities behind. They will want hot and cold running water, good food, and they may even expect to be able to flip a switch to turn on the lights. A remote location may be off the grid, but it can still be the perfect paradise in today's world.

Solar and wind technology have gone through many phases, and today that means either of them can provide enough electricity to keep a remote site running. While they are not yet up to the capacity of providing for the needs of large cities, remote areas have found they are very beneficial. Some locations use only one type of power generation, but others have found a combination of wind and solar is the best way to meet their energy needs.

A good water source is important for the inhabitants and the temporary guests, and providing it often takes power. Some areas are near convenient springs, but many will use cisterns or wells for their water supply. All of these benefit from the use of electric pumps, so installing them is all part of creating a local electric grid. Cisterns are often used to store the water that has been pumped to keep up with heavy demand, and a gravity feed system can be helpful.

Flipping a switch to get light is a common part of modern life, and it can even be part of living off the grid. Systems for pumping water can be extended to help with lighting guest rooms and common areas. While cooking might put a bit of strain on the system, there are other alternatives. For those who want to really feel they have escaped civilization for a short time, keeping warm and relaxing by the fireplace is one more amenity of remote vacationing.