Solar panels make Belize resort homes carbon neutral

A new resort development in Belize will use rooftop solar panels to make each single-bedroom home entirely carbon neutral.

Itz’ana Resort & Residences, a boutique residential and hotel project in Belize, is launching additional inventory of their one-bedroom solar cottages.

With more than 85 percent of villas sold, this additional development offers more options for eco-friendly waterfront living.

Designed to be carbon neutral to reduce environmental impact and strain on the nation's electrical grid the homes will come standard with rooftop solar panels.

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The solar panels will significantly reduce the homes' energy consumption, cost and carbon emissions. Each cottage will source the remaining energy from Belize’s national power grid generated by eco-friendly hydroelectric dams. Any additional carbon emissions will be offset through Itz’ana’s Belizean forestry partner.

Developers chose to convert a number of larger villas to the one-bedroom solar cottages after taking into account buyer feedback. The homes offer 1,250 total square feet including two outdoor overwater decks with sweeping views of the Placencia Lagoon, a full kitchen with high-end appliances and a second-floor bedroom, priced at $345,000.

Interiors were designed by NYC-based designer Samuel Amoia using locally sourced materials and vintage pieces found in markets throughout Central America. 

Itz’ana also has several eco elements promoting sustainability including an onsite organic garden, locally made organic soaps and cleansers for guests and more.

Sustainable features

Itz’ana is dedicated to the environment and culture of Belize, with the belief that thoughtful development will enhance and benefit the local community as well as the ecology, bringing people together, the developers said.

  • Onsite organic garden
  • Humane fishing
  • Complete wastewater management system
  • Rainwater collection as an ancillary supply
  • LED-efficient lighting systems
  • Solar panels on the residences and back of the house
  • Locally sourced wood and design features for interiors
  • Preservation and display of Maya artifacts on-site in partnership with La Ruta Maya Foundation
  • DEL Ozone system used in all pools

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