DuPlooy’s goes solar and other green building trends on the Macal River in Western Belize


Both DuPlooy’s Jungle Resort and the nearby Lodge at Chaa Creek — two of the original eco-lodges in the Cayo region — have always walked the walk when it comes to green and sustainable practices. On my latest visit to the area, it was heartening to find this commitment as strong as ever.

Case in point: DuPlooy’s new solar panels, pictured above with proud owner Judy DuPlooy, now provides all of the resort’s power. DuPlooy was thinking of also investing in a solar monitoring system to ensure the panels are 100% optimized but says the monthly payments on her renewable energy system are already less than her previous diesel costs. That’s the beauty of solar energy; it will allow you to see a considerable reduction in your monthly bills, with or without a monitoring system in place. You can even compare energy prices, (click here for more information) if you’re still not happy with what you pay. But usually, with the introduction of solar energy, people are able to see a positive difference. That’s why a lot of homeowners and business owners are investing in solar energy. When people try to save money on their bills, installing solar panels is usually one of the first things that they think of. However, some could also consider comparing business electricity rates if they wanted to see some different prices too. People can always learn more here if they want to try and cut costs on their energy bills by being more energy-efficient.

It’s hoped that those who visit DuPlooy’s Resort will be inspired to take on sustainable practices themselves, perhaps by installing solar panels or just switching to an electricity provider that supplies renewable energy. Those who are wishing to do so should definitely take a look at the best electricity rate chart first.

Other lodges built on the banks of the Macal River have equally impressive off-the-grid solutions to running a high-end backcountry resort. Black Rock River Lodge, for example, located 5 miles upstream, gets 80 percent of its power from a high-pressure natural spring/hydro system, and the rest from solar. Mystic River Lodge (right across the river from DuPlooy’s) was designed with its own natural waste treatment system, and with enormous attention paid to producing its own organic food (vegetables, fruit, poultry, and more) and having minimal impact on the land. Just downstream, Table Rock Lodge also produces their own electricity and supplies the majority of its water needs with purified rainwater.

But you’ll have to go and see for yourself — each of these places mentioned is an excellent place to stay and each is utterly unique on its own gorgeous stretch of Macal River and surrounding forest.

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