We aim to do our part and more, to keep our footprint as small as possible in this amazing part of the world. Treading lightly wherever we can is a balancing act that John invested in, with his vision of a long term sustainable residence that employs local Mentawai staff and gives back to the local community where possible.
The pillar of John’s Place sustainability is the 27 kilowatt solar power system. This system is start of the art technology with a huge commercial style battery storage facility, that can last days (depending on power consumption) before a back up generator kicks in to top up battery levels. The solar runs everything from lights, power, air conditioning, water pumps, pool pump and filter units.
Hot water is provided through the ever reliable solar hot water system.
All of our water is collected rain water, something we are very lucky to have an abundance of in the Mentawais is rain. Local rain storms are almost a daily occurrence and this is collected and filtered for drinking and everything else. Upon arrival you will be gifted a “John’s Place” stainless steel water bottle. This is for you to use for the duration of your trip, refill as required and then you can take it home with you and hopefully keep using. When we go out surfing or snorkelling on the boats a large master water container will be used that you can use to refill on the boat.