“We are focused on innovating across all aspects of our company, especially in our work to advance sustainability in the communities we visit,” said Jason Liberty, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean Group
When it opens next month it'll be fully powered by 30,000 solar panels with excess energy fed to the local power grid. This could be a fantastic example for others to follow when you consider just how much flat roof and open space there is around the world. The new cruise terminal at the Port of Galveston will be the first in Texas to achieve LEED Gold certification, an industry-leading certification expected to be received within the first two quarters of 2023.
Airports, manufacturing, schools, film studios, retail centers and so much more. I remember considering solar for my creative agency back in 2010 when we had about 6000 sq ft of roof space to cover.
This news follows on the heels of Babcock Ranch, in southwest Florida keeping its power and water running even as Hurricane Ian decimated so much infrastructure nearby due to the entire city running on solar power.
"The $125 million, 161,334-square-foot Galveston Cruise Terminal significantly expands the company’s presence in the port, increasing the cruise line’s ability to accommodate up to 630,000 guests per year. The opening of the terminal will mark the first time Galveston welcomes Royal Caribbean International’s signature Oasis Class, the world’s largest cruise ships, with the arrival of Allure of the Seas and the first time the company is bringing its frictionless arrival and departure process to Texas." - Royal Caribbean Group press release.
I hope other businesses, industries and communities will take a visit to Galveston to learn more about how more businesses, communities and cities can be set up to run fully on solar power. It wouldn't hurt to stop by Babcock Ranch either.
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