Solar energy will be the source of electricity for an exclusive eco-resort that is being built in New Mexico.
TAOS, New Mexico – The former El Monte Lodge in Taos is being fully renovated to become a unique destination eco-resort. The lodge was purchased in 1997 by Dharma Holdings Inc., which wants to use the new facility as a prototype and showcase for sustainable living. “We originally planned the resort to include just 26 guest rooms, a spa and a restaurant,” says executive vice president Kimberly Goodyear. “However, we recently purchased adjoining property that now makes it possible to expand the property to 40 guest rooms.” The El Monte project will be powered by solar energy, and Solar Sculptures(R) collection systems will be positioned throughout the property. The facility will be constructed in part with recycled materials, and will process its wastewater for reuse as irrigation water. The wastewater will flow through a Living Machine(R), the company’s proprietary technology that uses plants, bacteria and other living organisms to process the water. Gunnash(R), an adobe-like material that includes recycled fly ash from coal-burning power plants, will be used in parts of the construction. Construction will start on the eco-resort as soon as zoning changes are approved by the Town of Taos. The zoning approval includes plans to improve access for local residents to the spa and restaurant, and the proposed additional guest capacity. The facility will present additional economic opportunities for northern New Mexico and will attract new tourist dollars and generate jobs in the City and County of Taos. Dharma Holdings is dedicated to sustainable growth and the preservation of natural and cultural resources. It owns properties in Delray Beach, Florida and Charlottesville, Virginia, as well as numerous projects in Taos, including the Anglada’s community center and the Yaxche Learning Center.