Ceylinco Life’s ‘La Serena’ retirement resort goes green with solar energy

La Serena, Sri Lanka’s first ever retirement resort for senior citizens, is harnessing the power of the sun — an ample resource at its beachfront location in Uswetakeiyawa — to “go green” by generating solar electricity for the national grid with an investment from its owner Ceylinco Life.

The wholly-owned subsidiary of Sri Lanka’s leading life insurerhas just commissioned a 100kW solar power system using its expanse of roofs to generate renewable energy that will contribute significantly to its sustainability credentials.

La Serena’s solar power project, which is in line with Ceylinco Life’s own green mandate and sustainability initiatives, is funded by Ceylinco Life and will enable an offsetting of an estimated 136 tons of CO2 equivalent (tCO2e) emissions per year, and lead to shrinking its carbon footprint by 37 tons annually, the Company said.

The 44-unit beach-front retirement resort has installed 4000 square feet of roof-fitted solar panelscreating one of the largest solar power systems in the Wattala area.

Built on almost three acres of scenic beachfront land in Uswetakeiyawa, just 14 km north of Colombo,La Serena comprises of 28 single chalets and 16 double chalets. Each living unit has its own living room, dining area, kitchenette, Wi-Fi and Cable TV facilities, and en-suite bathrooms, one for every bedroom, cleverly designed and furnished for optimal use of space – 535 square feet per single bedroom unit and 680 square feet per two bedroom unit.

Ceylinco Lifehas already implemented a number of measures across its branch network to advance sustainability. These initiatives include constructing eco-friendly branch offices that are solar-powered and setting up rainwater harvesting, wastewater recycling, and energy-efficient lighting and air-conditioning systems in branch buildings owned by the company.

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